Due to the uncertainty of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) during the Continuing Resolution phase of the 2015 budget cycle, we will only offer Mini grants until we know our final NEH allocation. We know that organizations throughout Wyoming rely heavily on grant funds from the Wyoming Humanities Council to help them present humanities-rich programs in their communities, and apologize for this inconvenience.
If you support funding for the arts and humanities, please contact your member of Congress and describe the importance of this funding to you and the constituents you serve. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause
New! : Letters of intent/Inquiry and first draft dates will help us help grantees make sure that grant programs are in line with funding capabilities, and keep grantees from losing time writing grants for programs that are not qualified. For major grants we will accept LOI beginning November 1 for the March 1 Major grants deadline. LOI are due one month before submission for mini-grants, beginning with the November 1 mini-grant deadline. First drafts will be required for Major grants, and are due in the office no later than February 1, 2015. We suggest grantees try to get them in earlier, and cannot guaratee draft reads the week grants are due.
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Send letters of intent to Jason Burge at Grants@thinkwy.org. He can also be reached at 307-721-9248.
Find application forms and instructions below. Please note that application forms were recently updated: we now require a DUNS number from all applicants and matching funds are no longer available.
The Wyoming Humanities Council’s board of directors annually awards more than $80,000 in grants to non-profit groups and government agencies throughout Wyoming to pursue humanities projects.
Any nonprofit organization or public agency in Wyoming may apply for grant funding. Nonprofits outside Wyoming whose programs serve the people of Wyoming are also eligible. Grants are not awarded to individuals.
The humanities must be central to the project and a humanities professional must be integrally involved in the planning and development of the project. We recommend that you follow-up to ensure that we have received your application in a timely manner.
According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
The council defines a humanities professional as someone with an advanced degree in a humanities discipline who is currently working in (or retired from) that field. We will also consider people who might not hold an advanced degree but who have advanced training, acquired expertise, or an established reputation in a humanities discipline, such as tribal elders. All projects except planning grants must include a public element and must be free (or provided at a reasonable charge) and open to the public, and advertised as such.
All application deadlines are postmark deadlines.
REGULAR GRANTS: $2,000-$10,000
We will offer a major grants on March 1, 2015 for programs beginning May 1, 2015 or later. We will read and accept Letters of Inquiry from November 1 to January 15. Deadlines for first drafts will be February 1st, 2015, with an application deadline of March 1, 2015. We cannot guarantee grant draft reads the week grants are due, and first drafts are required. Email Letters of Inquiry to Grants@thinkwy.org.
MINI GRANTS: UP TO $2,000
Deadlines: first working day of each month except July, for programs starting on or after the 15th of the following month. Reviewed monthly by council committee. Letters of Intent/ Inquiry are due one month before the submission date. Applicants are notified of committee’s decision approximately one month after deadline.
PLANNING GRANTS: UP TO $2,000
Provide funds for travel and meeting expenses of humanities professionals and others involved in planning content and format of larger humanities projects. Deadlines: first working day of each month except July, for programs starting on or after the first of the following month. Reviewed monthly by council committee. Applicants are notified of committee’s decision approximately one month after deadline.
OPPORTUNITY GRANTS: UP TO $750
[for speaker or discussion leader expenses in public humanities programs]
Deadlines: must be in WHC office at least two weeks before proposed program. Provides funds for programs that seize an unforeseen opportunity, such as speakers whose presence in the state could not be anticipated in time to meet the deadline for a mini-grant application, or humanities programming related to an unexpected local, national, or international event. Opportunity grants are not meant to take the place of mini-grants and are not intended for use to help defray the costs of annual events or events with enough lead time to apply for a mini-grant. An organization is limited to one opportunity grant per year. Reviewed throughout the year by WHC board president and grants committee chair. Applicants are notified within seven working days of proposal’s arrival in WHC office.
The council has specific guidelines for grants requesting funding for the following: