Apply For A Grant

Funding cultural programs around the state is one way Ohio Humanities helps create and sustain vibrant communities. We support 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, digital media, and more!


Getting Started

1. Understand that Ohio Humanities grants are for public humanities organizations.

Ohio Humanities offers grants for organizations that provide humanities programming to public audiences across the state. The “humanities” include the study of history, literature, languages, philosophy, archaeology, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion, and world cultures. The humanities also encompass art history, theory, and criticism—but not the creation, display or performance of art—and aspects of the social sciences that use historical or philosophical approaches.

2. Make sure your organization is eligible to apply.

To be eligible for an Ohio Humanities grant, you must apply on behalf of a nonprofit organization located in the state of Ohio—such as a public library, museum, historical society, or community organization.

Please review the details for each specific grant program for some important exceptions.

3. Review the application guidelines.

Be sure to carefully review each grant program’s guidelines, which include more details about the types of activities we will support with the grant, the size of awards available, and the questions included on the application and final report.

4. Ask us for help!

If you have questions about applying for a grant, contact a program officer for more information. We’re here to help you submit a successful application.

5. Complete an application.

Once you’ve decided to apply for a grant, you’ll submit an application using the online application. The form will ask for some basic information about your organization and programming.


SHARP Grants

With support from Congress through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) program, Ohio Humanities will award emergency relief grants to public humanities organizations across the state that have been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. 

Click here to learn more about SHARP grants.


General Grants Program

Major Grants

Up to $20,000

Deadline: July 15, 2021 — Drafts submitted by June 15, 2021 for projects beginning after November 1, 2021

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Quarterly Grants

Up to $7,500

Deadlines:

September 1, 2021 — Drafts submitted by August 2, 2021 for projects beginning after November 1, 2021

December 1, 2021 — Drafts submitted by November 1, 2021 for projects beginning after February 1, 2022

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Monthly Grants

Up to $2,000

Deadline: The first business day of each month — Drafts submitted online are recommended, but not required

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Special Grants Program

Media Grants

Up to $20,000

Deadline: July 15, 2021 — Drafts submitted by June 15, 2021 for projects beginning after November 1, 2021

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Media Planning Grants

Up to $2,000

Deadline: The first business day of each month — Drafts submitted online are recommended, but not required

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Educator Enrichment Grants

 

$7,501-$20,000

Deadline: July 15, 2021 — Drafts submitted by June 15, 2021 for projects beginning after November 1, 2021

 

$2,001-$7,500

Deadlines: 

September 1, 2021 — Drafts submitted by August 2, 2021 for projects beginning after November 1, 2021

December 1, 2021 —Drafts submitted by November 1, 2021 for projects beginning after February 1, 2022

 

Up to $2,000

Deadline: The first business day of each month — Drafts submitted online are recommended, but not required

 

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Questions? Contact a Program Officer:

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For Major Grants and Quarterly Grants, contact David Merkowitz, PhD

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For Monthly Grants, contact Melvin Barnes, PhD or book an appointment here

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Call us at 800.293.9774 or 614.461.7802


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