Grants

Mission graphic July 15

To get you started, it may help to look over this list to see if you qualify for a WHC grant.

1. Is your group or organization located in Wisconsin?

2. Is your project:

  • Grounded in the humanities?
  • Rooted in the interests of your community?

3. Does your project:

  • Serve the public? (We don’t fund projects intended for campus-only audiences.)
  • Involve humanities experts?
  • Promote and strengthen connections between people within communities?
  • Bring people together to explore and share ideas?
  • Foster observation, inquiry, analysis, and/or reflection?
  • Promote Wisconsinites’ understanding of our state, past, present, and future?
  • Reflect your organization’s commitment to improvement?

 

If you can say “yes” to many or all of these questions, 
consider which of our competitive grants best fits your project…

 

Mini-Grants

  • $2,000 maximum award
  • Four deadlines every year: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1
  • Decisions made by a WHC board subcommittee within one month of submission
  • Keep in mind, between 2000 to 2012, the WHC received an average of 58 applications for mini-grants in the four rounds combined. We funded 59% of those applications. The average award was $1,632.
  • NOTE: All grants require a one-to-one match of either cash, in-kind contributions, or a combination.
  • Click here for application information

Major Grants

  • $10,000 maximum award
  • Three deadlines every year: April 15, August 15, December 15
  • Decisions made by the WHC board in June, October, and February, respectively
  • Keep in mind, between 2000 to 2012, the WHC received an average of 37 applications for major grants in the three rounds combined. We funded 51% of those applications. The average award was $7,657.
  • NOTE: All grants require a one-to-one match of either cash, in-kind contributions, or a combination.
  • Click here for application information

 

We are here to help!

 

Mark LIvengood

We can advise you on program design, help make sure your project meets our guidelines, and offer suggestions for developing a competitive application.

Contact Mark Livengood, Grant Program Director, at rlivengood@wisc.edu or (608) 265-5595.