Community Research Grants

The North Carolina Humanities Council has been a leading humanities funder in North Carolina since 1972. Our Community Research grant funding opportunity provides provide up to $2,000 to support the incubation or development of a public humanities project. Projects are expected to connect the public to quality humanities scholarship through programs that respond to community interest, encourage dialogue, and stimulate audiences to think critically about a broad range of humanities topics.

Please read our Request for Proposals (RFP) document for detailed instructions on eligibility and our funding areas.

2021 Community Research Grant Cycle Deadline

One Community Research Grant cycle is offered with the following deadline. To be eligible for consideration, projects must begin AT LEAST eight weeks AFTER the submission deadline.

  • March 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Submission Instructions 

  1. Please review the Council's 2021 Grant Guidelines before applying. 
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the application process.
  3. Get started on your application in our online application system.
    • A. If you are new to the online system, please create an account prior to applying. Once you have created your account and are logged in to your Applicant Dashboard, click "Apply" in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities. Please bookmark the login page for ease of access.
    • B. If you have previously created an account, please click here to login. Once on your Applicant Dashboard click "Apply" in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities. Please bookmark the login page for ease of access.
  4. We recommend  scheduling a phone consultation with Council staff as you prepare your proposal. Click here to schedule.
  5. Submit your grant proposal for a review cycle by the posted deadline. Please note, activities for which you are requesting funding should begin AT LEAST eight weeks AFTER the submission deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Submission of an application does not guarantee approval.

Please note: while we are always available for questions, a full staff review of an applicant's draft proposal is only available upon request until 3 weeks prior to a submission deadline.

Decisions are typically announced a month after submission via electronic notification through your Applicant Dashboard in our online application management system.