Council Awards Over $75,000 in Grants to NC Cultural Organizations

North Carolina Humanities Council Awards Over $75,000 in Grants to NC Cultural Organizations

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 22, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $75,343 in grants to cultural organizations for public humanities projects across North Carolina.  

Since 1972, the North Carolina Humanities Council has worked to make the public humanities a cornerstone of public life by providing grants, awards, and specialty programs that equip the people of our state to explore and share their personal and collective stories. The Council also provides other services such as one-on-one technical assistance, grant writing consultations, and referrals for its prospective grantees and project coordinators.

In 2018, the Council had a public, open call for its Large Grant funding. The following organizations were selected as grant recipients for their projects which explore North Carolina's cultures and encourage audiences to think critically about different values and ideas. If applicable, please contact organizations directly for program dates and locations.

  • $11,128 awarded to “Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Urban Renewal & the African American Community in Greenville, NC” – East Carolina University
    • This grant supports "Beyond Bricks and Mortar," a multi-faceted project that will expand the oral histories of displaced African American communities in Greenville in the 1960s and 1970s. Oral histories, online and traveling exhibition, and public presentations will seek to place developments in Greenville within the context of race relations and urban renewal in North Carolina.
  • $20,000 awarded to “Bull City 150: Reckoning With Durham's Past to Build a More Equitable Future” – Duke University
    • This grant supports the Bull City 150 project that invites Durhamites to reckon with the racial and economic injustices of the past 150 years, and commit to building a more equitable future.  The project presents original historical research through public exhibitions, archival documents, sound recordings, maps, data visualizations, and hands-on activities.
  • $6,795 awarded to “Greensboro Literary Organization” Greensboro Literary Organization
    • This grant supports the Greensboro Literary Organization’s series addressing immigration and refugee issues as they impact the Greensboro community. Programs occurred in fall 2018 and included moderated panel discussions and public readings.
  • $17,420 awarded to “New South for the New Southerner” – Levine Museum of the New South
    • This grant supports the "New South for the New Southerner" cultural series in Charlotte which educates the community, provides historical context to current issues, and builds a bridge across differences through dialogue.
  • $20,000 awarded to “North Carolina Narrative Healthcare Symposium: Medicine Beyond Medication” – Lenoir-Rhyne University
    • This grant supports a symposium and training for healthcare practitioners to address the role of story-telling and listening in healthcare. Studies in National Institute of Health and Journal of American Medical Association have demonstrated the value of Narrative Medicine in increasing empathy, reducing ethical violations, preventing burnout, and increasing diagnostic accuracy in clinical practice. The workshops and trainings this grant supports deepen the conversation between clinical treatment and human experience, both that of patients and of practitioners.

The Council offers grant funding opportunities throughout the year. For more information, visit


The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through its public humanities programs and grants, the Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of North Carolina’s many cultures and heritage. Since 1972, the Council has served as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council is governed by a board of trustees. Since August 2018, the Council has managed the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more about the North Carolina Humanities Council, visit