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New grant funding offered by Oklahoma Humanities, pending resolution of government shutdown

New grant funding offered by Oklahoma Humanities, pending resolution of government shutdown

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is accepting applications from Oklahoma nonprofits wishing to apply for a Major Grant award of up to $8,500 or a Challenge Grant award of up to $15,000. Please be aware, however, that due to the ongoing government shutdown OH is currently unable to disburse grant funds. 

Under normal circumstances, grant applications are reviewed by the OH Board of Trustees in late April and applicants are notified of funding decisions by May 1. The government shutdown includes a shutdown of the National Endowment for the Humanities, through which OH grant funding is provided. Organizations interested in applying for grant funding are encouraged to begin the application process and to check okhumanities.org for updates regarding the status of OH’s ability to disburse grant funds. 

Oklahoma Humanities grants encourage cultural programming on the local level across the state. Eligible projects must support OH's mission to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. OH grants can fund a variety of humanities-based projects, including exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, websites, film festivals, and more.

"Oklahoma Humanities funds eligible projects that bridge the academic disciplines like history, literature, and philosophy to the general public," said Ann Thompson, Executive Director. "Grant applicants from communities all over the state can receive funding for projects with diverse, thought-provoking ideas about the human story. We look forward to hearing from many organizations and communities with great ideas for humanities programs, for which OH grants around $200,000 each year."

Mandatory draft applications must be submitted no later than March 1 via OH's online grant system. Final applications must be submitted no later than April 1. Applicants must allow at least 90 days between the final application deadline and the starting date of the proposed project.

Visit okhumanities.org/grants for more information about Oklahoma Humanities grants, including a brief video introduction to the grant process, detailed application guidelines, and a list of previously funded projects.

Questions about the grant application process can be directed to OH Program Officer Chris Carroll at [email protected].