Spark Grants

Up to $5,000

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.

Deadlines: The first business day of every month beginning February 2023 (for January 2023, the deadline for Spark Grants will be January 9). Beginning February 2023, preliminary applications will be due one month prior to the final due date. For January submission, preliminary submission forms will be available by December 9; applicants can submit a preliminary application anytime between December 9 and January 9.

Review our grant guidelines

Questions? Contact a Program Officer:


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Call us at 614-461-7802

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