Grants

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Do you have an idea for a public humanities project?

Call Mark, our Grant Program Director, at 608-265-5595 to start the conversation.

 

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 1Tips-for-Grantwriters
  • 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!

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.