Spark Grants

Up to $5,000

Spark Deadlines

Final applications due the first business day of every month;  preliminary applications due one month prior to final due date.

Applications must be submitted two months before public events occur.

Please note: Spark Grant applications will be unavailable from May 3 - June 3, 2024, and October 4 - November 8, 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions
Past Grants

Spark grants provide non-profit organizations with funds to develop and produce programs that spark conversations about issues that are relevant to Ohioans today. These projects can be limited in scope, both in terms of subject matter and intended audience, but they should be designed to appeal to as broad of a public audience as possible.

Programs funded by Spark grants should focus humanities content in ways that will inspire lasting conversations around social, economic, and historical issues challenging Ohio communities, and they should encourage a sense of place and civic engagement in Ohio citizens. These grants can also be used to build capacity for larger projects that will have a wider impact.

Click here to see a list of our previously funded grants.

Spark Grant Guidelines

Successful applications for project grants meet four major criteria

  • Applicants must be an eligible non-profit organization.
  • The public humanities must be central to the proposed project.
  • Public humanities professionals should be deeply involved in the project.   
  • The application must follow Ohio Humanities budget guidelines. 

Before you apply for a grant, please contact a Program Officer to discuss your projectWe’re here to help you submit a successful application! 

Spark Grant Application