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Grants to Oklahoma Nonprofits for
Public Humanities Programming

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Oklahoma Humanities (OH)

LOI Date:

08/01/18

Deadline Date:

09/01/18

Description:

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Grants of up to $8,500 and grants of up to $15,000 to Oklahoma nonprofit organizations for humanities projects that engage public audiences. A mandatory proposal draft is due August 1, 2018. All projects must include the input of a qualifying scholar and offer humanities-oriented opportunities to the general public. OH funding supports reading groups, lectures, exhibits, and other public programs which enrich the lives of Oklahomans of all ages right in their own communities.

Grants Categories:
- Major Grants: Major grants will award outright funds for humanities programs and presentations.
- Challenge Grants: Challenge Grants offer matching funds for gifts raised from eligible third-party donors in support of humanities programs and presentations.

Humanities:
The humanities disciplines help people examine their past and reflect on who they are as individuals and as members of a global society. Study of the humanities stimulates imagination, helps people to clarify issues, acquire new perspectives, and become informed citizens.

Specific academic disciplines encompassed by the term humanities include: archeology, art history and criticism, comparative religion, cultural anthropology, ethics, history, jurisprudence, language, linguistics, literature, philosophy, and those aspects of the social sciences which employ a philosophical or historical, rather than a quantitative approach. The humanities should not be confused with particular philosophies, such as secular humanism, or with specific social movements, such as humanitarianism. They should also be distinguished from the creative or performance arts.

Grant Requirements:

Content: The humanities must be central to the project.

Format: The format should allow for analysis, exploration, or interpretation of the topic.

Grant Categories: To fulfill the mission of OH, all grants must fall under the broad definition of public humanities with demonstrated credible scholarship informing programming for the general public. Funded projects should fall under at least one of the following grant categories.
- The Human Experience: These projects explore culture and history through time and place.
- We the People: These projects explore cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious diversity.
- The Public Square: These projects explore current events, divergent opinions, public policy, civics, or justice.

Projects may be structured in a variety of ways: discussion programs, lectures, panel discussions, websites, audio or video productions, and exhibitions.

Scholars: Humanities scholars must be involved in the planning and implementation of the program. OH-funded projects should include dialogue between humanities scholars and public audiences. It is the role of the scholar to present, explain, or interpret ideas, beliefs, and other cultural contexts implicit in the program. Qualifications may include a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline. OH also recognizes Native American elders and traditional teachers as scholars when involved in projects that focus on their cultures. In rare cases, a widely recognized expert who does not meet the academic requirements of a humanities scholar may serve as the humanities scholar. These circumstances are evaluated on a case-by-case basis with individuals who demonstrate a deep and scholarly understanding of the subject area.

Balance: The project as a whole must be balanced and avoid advocacy of a particular social or political view.

Audience: Programs should be made accessible to all members of a community.

Especially Encouraged:
-Projects which stimulate informed discussion among diverse groups.
-Projects for or about underserved, diverse and targeted audiences. Underserved audiences may include the following: those that live in communities with limited cultural opportunities, new audiences including those who have limited access to OH programming, or those members of the population whose stories have not been widely shared, such as African-Americans; Hispanic-Americans; Asian-Americans; LGBT; Native Americans, Recent Immigrants, and the Disabled. Targeted audiences include young adults, incarcerated populations, minorities, veterans, and rural citizens.
-Projects that are extended and sustained through recording or broadcasting to reach additional audiences.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170634

Estimated Size of Grant:

Major Grants: Award level is up to $8,500. The maximum outright award is $5,000; may be increased by $3,500 with the Matching Gifts program.

Challenge Grants: Award level is up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Multiple requests per calendar year will be considered based on stated criteria, but may be subject to the availability of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization is eligible to apply for a grant. The organization need not be incorporated or tax-exempt.

Ineligible Costs Partisan objectives or advocacy
- Sponsoring or co-sponsoring organization employee salaries, operating costs, and construction
- Academic credit or institutional development
- Travel to professional meetings
- Academic scholarships and fellowships
- Museum or library acquisitions
- Creative arts performances, celebrations, or ceremonies unless accompanied by interpretation
- The teaching of technical skills unless accompanied by interpretation
- Publications, except those integral to programming
- Most projects not open to all segments of the public
- Profit-making or fund-raising activities
- Beverages, food, or entertainment for audiences
- Major equipment purchases (over $500) -
- Indirect costs (overhead)
- Documentary film production costs (post-production costs may be considered)
- First person historical reenactments not supported by scholarship
- Conferences, symposia, or other programs not easily accessible to the general public, or programs not widely publicized.

Limitations:
OH does not look favorably on budgets top-heavy with administrative costs or excessive honoraria. Although OH discourages groups from charging admission fees to funded events, fees may be charged to offset incurred expenses not covered by OH. Grant funds cannot be used to support profit-making or fund-raising activities. Grant writing or other activities conducted prior to the grant period also cannot be funded. Finally, the grant is an offer to pay for actual costs up to the amount of the grant figure. Unused funds must be returned to OH.

Board members, staff, volunteers, and other individuals affiliated with the grant-seeking organization or its co-sponsors, including those named as Project Directors, Fiscal Agents, and Authorizing Officials, may not be remunerated with OH grant funds.

DUNS Number:
Please note: All applicants are required to report their unique DUNS number on all applications. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number means the nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities. A DUNS number may be obtained from D&B by telephone, (866) 705-5711, or the Internet (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform).

Pre-Application Information:

Major Grants:
- Spring Deadline: Mandatory draft, March 1 – Final, April 1
- Fall Deadline: Mandatory draft, August 1 – Final, September 1

Challenge Grants:
- Spring Deadline: Mandatory draft, March 1 – Final, April 1
- Fall Deadline: Mandatory draft, August 1 – Final, September 1

While no letter of inquiry is required, the Foundation encourages applicants to contact staff before applying to discuss the programming goals and ideas.

Major/Challenge grant applicants must submit their application twice, first as a draft, and again as a final application. The Foundation strongly suggests having an outside person who is not familiar with the program proofread draft applications before they are submitted. OH staff will review the draft and make comprehensive comments and suggestions.

Whether OH recommendations are taken under advisement or not, each applicant is responsible for submitting the grant application a second, and final, time. If both a draft and a final application are not received by OH, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be forwarded to the OH Board of Trustees for consideration.

Challenge Grants offers matching funds only, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, for gifts raised from eligible third-party donors.

OH staff should be notified of the possibility of potential matching funds in order to confirm donor eligibility. Matching funds must be secured within 90 days of the grant award offer.

Applicants must allow at least 90 days between the final application deadline and the date of the proposed program or presentation.

Grantees must share in the cost of the programs by contributing cash, organizational resources, and/or third party in-kind donations in an amount that meets or exceeds the OH grant request.

Match Program (Major & Challenge Grants):
Applicants are encouraged to seek additional funds for their projects from other sources. Support from thirdparty donors confirms community interest, and OH matches these gifts on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Matching gifts can boost the ceiling of Major Grants from $5,000 to $8,500.

A Brief Introduction to Oklahoma Humanities Grants:
https://www.screencast.com/t/I0VbZDsNw

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=okhumanitiescouncil

Chris Carroll, Program Officer
(405) 235-0280
chris@okhumanities.org

Oklahoma Humanities
424 Colcord Dr., Suite E
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Fax: (405) 235-0289

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USA: Oklahoma