Apply for a Grant

Funding cultural programs around the state is one way Ohio Humanities helps create and sustain vibrant communities. Ohio Humanities supports cultural programs that share the human story through documentation, interpretation, reflection, and representation. Humanities scholars, community history specialists, and cultural heritage professionals play a key role in Ohio Humanities funded projects. Funded projects take many forms: documentaries, exhibitions, public talks, book festivals, and digital media.

How to use the Grants Page

Here you will find information about our general grants program: Monthly Grants (up to $2,000), Quarterly Grants (up to $5,000) and Major Grants (up to $20,000) as well as the special grants program: Media Production, Cultural Heritage Tourism, and Educator Enrichment.  For Information on the special funding priority for environmental humanities projects, visit Toward a Beautiful Ohio. Follow the menu on the right to determine eligibility, find planning resources, and review general guidelines. To submit a grant request, use the Online Application.

Questions? Contact a program officer for more information.


General Grants PROGRAM

MAJOR GRANTS: Max $20,000

Ohio Humanities reviews major grant proposals twice each year. Applicants should submit a full draft online before the deadline. 

July 17, 2017— Draft submitted by June 26, 2017


QUARTERLY GRANTS: Max $5,000 

Ohio Humanities reviews quarterly grant proposals four times each year. Applicants should submit a full draft online before the deadline.

March 15, 2017 — Drafts submitted by Feb. 17, 2017
June 15, 2017 —Drafts submitted by May 17, 2017
Dec. 15, 2017 —Drafts submitted by Nov. 5, 2017

Contact Robert Colby, PhD: rcolby@ohiohumanities.org


MONTHLY GRANTS: Max $2,000 

Ohio Humanities considers small grant requests on a monthly basis. Drafts submitted online are recommended, but not required.

The first business day of each month.


special grants program

In addition to general grant programs, Ohio Humanities has three special grant programs: cultural heritage tourism, media, and educator enrichment. Each with additional guidelines.

MEDIA GRANTS: Max $20,000 
Ohio Humanities reviews media grant proposals twice each year. Successful projects will have an Ohio connection, humanities perspectives, and a plan for broad distribution. Radio and television documentaries should be targeted for public broadcast. Applicants should submit a full draft online before the deadline.

July 6, 2017 —Drafts submitted by June 8, 2017.

Contact David Merkowitz, PhD: dmerkowitz@ohiohumanities.org

MEDIA PLANNING GRANTS: Max $2,000

Ohio Humanities considers media planning grant proposals on a monthly basis. Media planning activities include research, script development, and consulting with humanities professionals. Drafts submitted online are recommended by not required.

The first business day of each month and at least eight weeks before the start date of the funded activity.

CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM GRANTS: Max $20,000

Ohio Humanities reviews cultural heritage tourism implementation grant proposals twice times each year. Successful cultural heritage tourism projects explore history, highlight culture, and foster appreciation of local tourism assets. Proposed projects should work toward enhancing community life and focus on tourism as a learning opportunity for travelers and local residents. Applicants should plan to submit a full draft online before the deadline.

July 17, 2017— Draft submitted by June 26, 2017.

 
CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM PLANNING GRANTS: Max $2,000

Ohio Humanities reviews cultural heritage tourism planning grant proposals on a monthly basis. These planning grants support convening stakeholders to assess potential project ideas, consulting with humanities professionals, identifying interpretive themes, and building regional cultural heritage infrastructure. Drafts submitted online are recommended but not required.

The first business day of each month and at least eight weeks before the start date of the funded activity.

EDUCATOR ENRICHMENT GRANTS: $5,001-$20,000

Ohio Humanities supports educator enrichment grant proposals throughout the year. Educator enrichment grants are designed to enhance teachers’ understanding and appreciation of the humanities. Projects should provide a rich humanities experience that enhances success in the K-12 classroom. Educator enrichment projects provide opportunities to build partnerships and leverage external funding. Therefore, applicants are expected to seek additional project support from local foundations and other sources.

Deadlines

The first business day of the month and at least eight weeks before the start date of the funded activity. Drafts submitted via the online application are recommended, but not required.

Grants $5001-$20,000

July 17, 2017— Drafts submitted by June 26, 2017

Grants $2001-$5,000

March 15, 2017 — Draft submitted by February 17, 2017. Decision by May 1, 2017. Project start date beginning June 1, 2017.

June 15, 2017 — Draft submitted by May 17, 2017.

Grants of $2,000 or Less

The first business day of the month. Drafts submitted via the online application are recommended, but not required.

Contact David Merkowitz, PhD: dmerkowitz@ohiohumanities.org

Before beginning the application process, contact a Program Officer:

For a Major, Media, Educator Enrichment, or a Toward a Beautiful Ohio grant, contact David J. Merkowitz, PhD | dmerkowitz@ohiohumanities.org

For Monthly, Quarterly, and Heritage Tourism grants, contact Robert Colby, PhD | rcolby@ohiohumanities.org

 

Or via phone at 800.293.9774 and 614.461.7802.

Already received an Ohio Humanities Grant? Visit the Funded Projects page for helpful tips and additional information.