Grants

North Carolina Humanities has been a leading cultural funder in North Carolina since our founding in 1972. NC Humanities distributes grants to projects across the state that address fundamental humanities questions and create conversations about who we are and how we live together in North Carolina and the world. Through our work we create and support chances for people to learn from experts and each other. If you have such a program proposal, our team would love to hear more about it and see if we might help! 


We welcome diverse projects from across North Carolina addressing different themes and using a variety of public humanities formats. NC Humanities expects all grant proposals to utilize a humanities discipline or practice to advance one or more of the following areas: 

  • Deepen human connections by broadening perspectives
  • Equip communities with empathy, understanding, and respect
  • Inspire community and connect North Carolinians across difference

Eligible proposals which meet one or more of the following are given special consideration:

  • Applicant organizations in rural communities
  • Applicant organizations primarily serving traditionally under-resourced groups including communities of color or other marginalized groups (Seniors, ALAANA (those of African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American descent), People with Disabilities, New Americans (Immigrants, Refugees, First Generation Americans), Low-Income, and LGBTQIA).

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NC Humanities’ Large Grants provide up to $20,000 to support public humanities projects of a wide or extended scope. Please review our 2021 Large Grant Request for Proposals and Grant Guidelines for full details on this funding opportunity.

One Large Grant cycle is offered this year with the following deadlines:

    • Application Opens: January 1, 2021
    • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline (mandatory): April 22, 2021 by 11:59 PM
    • Please note: A phone consultation is a required part of the Large Grant LOI submission process.
    • Large Grant projects should not begin earlier than November 1, 2021
    • Final Proposals Submission Deadline (by invitation): July 12, 2021 by 11:59 PM

We strongly recommend that you begin your online proposal form 3 weeks prior to the Letter of Intent due date.

NC Humanities’ Community Engagement Grants provide up to $3,500 to cultural organizations to support the implementation of public humanities projects. Please review our 2021 Community Engagement Grant Request for Proposals and Grant Guidelines for full details on this funding opportunity.

NC Humanities is offering two Community Engagement Grant cycles this year with the following deadlines. To be eligible for consideration, the activities for which you are requesting funding must not begin sooner than eight weeks from the submission deadline.

    • Application Opens: November 30, 2020
    • Application Cycle 1 Submission Deadline: January 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM
    • Application Cycle 2 Submission Deadline: September 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM
    • Award Notification: Decisions are typically announced a month after submission via electronic notification through your Applicant Dashboard in our online application management system.

NC Humanities’ Community Research Grants provide up to $2,000 to support the incubation or development of a public humanities project. Please review our 2021 Community Research Grant Request for Proposals and Grant Guidelines for full details on this funding opportunity.

NC Humanities is offering one Community Research Grant cycle this year with the following deadline. To be eligible for consideration, the activities for which you are requesting funding must not begin sooner than eight weeks from the submission deadline.

    • Application Opens: November 30, 2020
    • Application Submission Deadline: March 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM
    • Award Notification: Decisions are typically announced a month after submission via electronic notification through your Applicant Dashboard in our online application management system.

HOW TO APPLY

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  1. Please review NC Humanities’ 2021 Grant Guidelines and click on the grant category of interest above to read the Request for Proposals (RFP) as well as the submission deadlines.
  2. Watch this video tutorial on how to apply using our online application system.
  3. Get started on your application in our online application system.
    • 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 opportunities.
    • 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 opportunities.

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

Did you know we offer virtual staff consultations for grant applications? 

We strongly recommend setting up a virtual consultation with our staff as you prepare your grant proposal. To discuss your project idea, the application process, or a draft proposal with our Director of Grants and Compliance. Please click here to schedule a phone consultation.

Please note: A phone consultation is a required part of the Large Grant LOI submission process.

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. 

Thank you for contacting us. If applicable, the proper person will respond to you as soon as possible.