Humanities and the Experience of War

In recognition of the importance of the humanities both in helping Americans to understand the experiences of service members and in assisting veterans as they return to civilian life, Ohio Humanities is pleased to issue a call for grant applications under a special initiative, “Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War.”

Soldiers of the Personal Security Detachment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, mount an M2 .50-caliber machine gun before conducting night fire drills during training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., Oct. 31, 2011. The 37th IBCT is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Request for Proposals:
Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War

Who can apply? Non-profit and governmental organizations based in Ohio.

What can they apply for? Ohio Humanities Grants of up to $20,000 in 2014-2015.

How to apply?

  1. Visit General Grant Guidelines to review the grant guidelines and deadlines.
  2. Contact a program officer to discuss possible projects and to review the application process in detail.
  1. Complete and submit an application.

The humanities allow us to share the human story. The consequences of war have become increasingly prevalent since 2001 as two million American men and women have been deployed in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Yet, as members of an all-volunteer service corps, in which less than 1 percent of the U.S. population serves, veterans do not always find their military experiences readily understood by the public at large.

Standing Together draws on the power of the humanities to promote discussion and understanding of the experiences of those Americans affiliated with the armed services, whether active duty or veterans; and to support returning veterans and their families.

Ohio Humanities welcomes proposals that involve the state’s veterans. Projects should be informed by scholarship, insights from the humanities, and the participation of humanities professionals. Ohio Humanities requests applications that:

  • Bring individuals together to discuss fiction or nonfiction writings as well as films that explore veterans’ experiences of military service and of returning home;
  • Examine the experiences of veterans through the medium of film, television, radio, or interpretive digital formats;
  • Curate and exhibit significant collections of recent veterans’ materials, such as letters, photographs, memorabilia, and oral histories.


“Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War” is a nationwide initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As the state-based partner of NEH, Ohio Humanities is pleased to offer this opportunity to Ohio.

Photo courtesy of the Ohio National Guard.