North Carolina Humanities Council Awards Over $58,000 to NC Non Profits

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 20, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $59,629 in grant funding through its 2019 Large Grant program to three North Carolina nonprofits for community based public humanities programs.

North Carolina Humanities Council provides Large Grants (up to $20,000), Community Engagement Grants (up to $3,500), and Community Research Grants (up to $2,000) to nonprofit organizations that use the humanities (literature, history, philosophy, etc.) to foster critical thinking, enrich communities and encourage lifelong learning. 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.

The following organizations were selected as grant recipients after a public open call. If applicable, please contact these organizations directly for program dates and locations.

  • Appalachian State University – “Roots & Routes: Stories of Refugees and Migration in the High County”
    • This grant supports a series of workshops where Latinx, Hmong and other immigrants and refugees who have settled in North Carolina will share their stories. The stories will be used to create multimedia accounts of their journeys. These materials will then be used to create curricula for public libraries and schools.
  • Greensboro History Museum – “Project Democracy 20/20”
    • This grant supports the exploration of American democracy through exhibitions, public programs and innovative community connections. This project will feature the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition, “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith” and will use it to drive discussions relevant to the presidential election year, a census year, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and the 60th anniversary of the Woolworth Sit-Ins.
  • UNC Charlotte – “Walking Through Carolina: An Outdoor Living Exhibit”
    • This grant supports the creation of an outdoor living exhibit that tells the story of North Carolina through plants crucial to its development. UNCC's Center for the Study of the New South and Botanical Gardens will interpret North Carolina's diverse cultures through a historical garden trail, illustrating how plants speak universally. By fostering connections between nature and citizenship, the exhibit will spark engagement about being a North Carolinian.

About the North Carolina Humanities Council

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit