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2 Who are we? Private, nonprofit organization Funds and conducts humanities- based cultural and educational programs for all 8 wards. An affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) but is not a Federal or District agency

3 Our Mission The mission of the Humanities Council is to : enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, promote cross-cultural understanding and promote appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants. The Humanities Council believes that in-depth consideration of the issues that affect us as individuals in a society can make a positive impact on our lives, and believes each citizen can participate in our vision to transform lives through the power of the humanities.

4 What are the Humanities? The Humanities tell us what it means to be human. They help us understand… Our storys past: history, anthropology, archaeology; Our storys expressions: literature, linguistics, languages, arts history, theory and criticism; Our storys values: ethics, philosophy, comparative religion, law.

5 Qualifying Questions Is your organization or its sponsor a 501 c 3 non-profit? Is your project humanities based? Is your project a benefit to the people of the District of Columbia? Are previous HCWDC grants held by you or your sponsoring organization closed satisfactorily? Will your program fall within the term of the grant cycle?

6 Project Formats Audience Discussion Book Discussion Conference Curriculum Development Debate Discussion Guide Exhibit Film Discussion Film/Video Production Lecture/Discussion Literacy Oral Histories Panel Discussion Radio Production Research Scholarly Editing/Publishing Seminars Site Interpretation/Tour Teachers Institute/Seminar Workshop Website Developed Content Cultural Festival

7 Types of Grants Small and Planning Grants Grants of up to $1,500 Small projects, or smaller components of larger projects Planning period for larger projects Major Grants Grants of $1,501 to $5,000 Grants for larger projects

8 Grant Cycles FY2012 Cycle I 2012 Major Grant Preliminary Application Due February 10 th Small Grant and Final Major Grant Application Due March 9 th Grant Period May, 1 st 2012 through April 30 th, 2013 INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

9 The Humanities Scholar All Humanities Council funded programs must include a Humanities Scholar. The Humanities Scholar should be someone keyed into the discipline and topic of your program. The Humanities Scholar will be completing the Scholar Evaluation at the reporting stage. This person should also work in the capacity of advising the scholarly foundations and methodologies of your project.

10 Application Narrative Narratives should include: a clear description of the program; program goals; how you will achieve the goals; the timeline of your project; how you will utilize your humanities scholar; who your audience is; your outreach strategy; your distribution strategy. Please note that the Project Bookkeeper can not hold any other role in the project, i.e. Project Director or Sponsoring Org. Official

11 Application Budget HCWDC funds requested Sponsoring cost share: Cash In-kind Average salaries that can be used for in-kind donations can be found at the Department of Labor and Statistics website at The Total requested from the HCWDC must not exceed 50 percent of the total budget.

12 What do we fund? HCWDC grants fund: Project supplies Space rental for project event Honoraria Project Transportation A/V Rental for project Project Publicity and Promotion HCWDC grants do not fund: General office supplies Rent, Overhead, Restoration Refreshments/Hospitality/P arties Creative/Performing Arts projects Membership--i.e. members onlyoutreach

13 Consider these Questions Is my project Humanities based? How does my project highlight, enrich, and/or bring about a greater awareness of Washington, D.C. history, neighborhoods, and residents? What is the story I want to tell? Why is it important? Is my budget realistic?

14 Consider these Questions What can be accomplished with the funds I receive from the HCWDC? Are my goals and timeline realistic? Do I have a capable and compatible scholar to guide this project? Who is the audience? What is the size of the audience? What is my distribution strategy? What is my outreach and promotion strategy?

15 What do I Submit? Applications are available online through the Humanities Council of Washington, DC website. Please enter our website at Click Grants Click Apply for a Grant

16 Online Grant Application




20 Board Evaluation Form


22 Dos and Donts Do break down your budget items on the budget sheet Do state clearly the goal of your project and how you will achieve it. Do state clearly how this will benefit the people of D.C. Do try to anticipate and answer reviewer questions Do include letters from partner organizations acknowledging the partnership. Do have a friend read over your application. Dont include letters of support from organizations or individuals not involved directly in the program.

23 SPECIALANNOUNCEMENT GRANTS CONDITIONS: In the event that you do get awarded a grant, sign your contract and accept the money Legally binding document Organization becomes liable/ responsible for all aspects of grant; success and failure of project. Must commit to spending totality of grant $$$ *In the unfortunate event that you cannot complete the proposed project TOTAL AMOUNT OF GRANT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE COUNCIL, NO EQUIVOCATION!

24 Humanities Council of Washington, DC 925 U Street NW Washington, DC 20001 202.387.8391

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