Large Grants

The Council's Large grants provide up to $20,000 to support public humanities projects of a wide or extended scope.

Typical expenses include scholar stipends, travel expenses including meals and lodging, publicity, and certain other expenses connected with a project of an extended scope.

Project formats can include, but are not limited to, lecture/discussion series, exhibitions, presentations and workshops. The Council encourages programs which serve educators, veterans, and underserved communities in North Carolina.

  • Projects are expected to connect the public and 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.
  • Projects are expected to engage diverse audiences in the exploration of their personal and collective stories, asking fundamental questions about identity, work and culture.
  • Projects are expected to provide a larger cultural, historical, and analytical framework to support critical thinking and foster more informed, understanding, and engaged citizens.

The Council encourages competitive proposal which include the following:

  • Encourage long-term collaborations and partnerships at the local, state and/or national level.
  • Forge partnerships with other institutions such as local cultural alliances, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, university humanities programs, veterans’ centers, and libraries.
  • Foster more informed and engaged citizens by using humanities-based cultural, historic and analytic frameworks.
  • Include complementary components that deepen an audience’s understanding of a subject. For example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs.
  • Engage either deep, community-focused subjects or large national/regional projects.
    • To be competitive for funding, locally-focused projects should address topics that are relevant to the community and draw connections to broad themes or historical trends. 

Maximum request: $20,000


2020 Large Grant Cycle Deadlines:

The Large Grant application process consists of two phases, a Letter of Intent and application.

Letter of Intent (mandatory): April, 16 2020 by 11:59 PM (this is an online form)

Final Proposals (by invitation): July 6, 2020 by 11:59 PM (this is an online form)

  • We strongly recommend that you begin your online form 3 weeks prior to the Letter of Intent due date. For technical assistance with your application please call 704.687.1521.
  • Large grant projects should not begin earlier than November 1st 2020
  • Final proposals will be reviewed at the Board of Trustees’ meeting and awards will be announced in September 2020.

Submission Instructions

  1. Please review the 2020 Grant Guidelines before applying. Please review eligible grant expenses carefully.
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the process.
  3. Get started on your LOI proposal 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. Schedule a phone consultation with Council staff as you prepare your proposal. Please note it is required to have a consultation prior to submission of an LOI. Click here to schedule.
  5. Submit your proposal by the deadline. Please note, activities for which you are requesting funding should begin no sooner than 11/1.

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.