Wyoming Humanities Grants: Expanding the Wyoming Narrative and Supporting Wyoming’s Cultural Infrastructure
Wyoming Humanities has redesigned its grant applications to better serve the cultural network of Wyoming.
Online applications will open January 1, 2019. The first 2019 Spark grant ($2,000 or less) deadline is February 1, 2019.
Wyoming Humanities uses an online application system. Before you can apply for a grant, you’ll need to create an account, using the link above.
Please have and be ready to submit:
- Your name
- Current Email Address
- Phone Number
- Position with the Program Organization
- Organization EIN Number
- Organization DUNS Number (If your organization is not registered for a valid DUNS number, you will be required to work with a sponsoring organization)
- Contact Information for the Program Organization’s Executive Officer
Most communication will be processed through this online system. Once you have registered, please check your SPAM or Junk inbox for registration confirmation. Please mark this communication as NOT SPAM or Junk so you will continue to receive communications. Notifications as well as application questions, follow-ups, contracts, and final reports must all be submitted through this system. If you have problems or questions, please contact Erin@thinkwy.org or Josh@thinkwy.org.
Please note: in order to ensure it’s worth your time to fill out a full grant application, a letter of intent is required before the full application can be accessed or submitted. This must be submitted through the online portal, not via email, and may increase application time by up to 5 days. Please plan accordingly.
Wyoming Humanities supports projects that match our vision: Expanding the Wyoming narrative to promote engaged communities. The goal of Wyoming Humanities’ grants is to support public programs that use the humanities to explore the state’s histories, stories, issues, and connections between groups and communities.
The humanities are the study of our forms of human cultural expression: our history, arts, literature, philosophy, religion, laws, cultural studies, and languages. We believe the humanities are tools that help us explore and illuminate the major issues of our times. They enable us to take a closer look at problems and investigate potential solutions. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the U.S. Congress declared in the 1965 Act establishing National Endowment for the Humanities, “An advanced civilization must not limit its efforts to science and technology alone, but must give full value and support to the other great branches of scholarly and cultural activity in order to achieve a better understanding of the past, a better analysis of the present, and a better view of the future.”
Key Grant Requirements:
1) Is the project humanities centered? The humanities encompass the study of all our forms of human cultural expression: our history, arts, literature, philosophy, religion, laws, cultural studies, and languages. These break down further into subsets such as ecological humanities and gender studies. However, projects like arts performances that do not have a Q&A or talk-back session to delve into the meaning and context of the experience of art fall into the realm of Wyoming Arts Council funding. See our About the Humanities page for more information.
2) Is your program built around a public event? Specifically, we will not fund research projects. If the project isn’t about directly engaging a public audience (through outreach components like lectures, documentaries, digital medias, curated exhibits, moderated film series, etc.) then it is probably not a fit for Wyoming Humanities funding.
3) You must have a state or federally recognized nonprofit group or state agency (library, school, college, museum), with a valid tax EIN and DUNs number to receive funds to sponsor the grant and manage the funds. We can only fund registered non-profits.
4) The project must have a humanities scholar in a central role (loosely defined as MA or higher in a humanities field directly related to the project).
5) All Wyoming Humanities grant funds must be matched 1:1 with non-Federal dollars. This match can be both cash and in-kind (for example, the dollar value of facilities or time that people contribute to your project).
We have three different grant lines:
Spark grants (up to $2,000)
Spark grants are for projects up to $2,000 and are due on the first working day of the month.
Projects may start a minimum of 30 days after grant application due date. Applicants will hear decision within approximately 15 days of due date.
Examples of similar grants include:
- A storytelling circle at the Big Horn Folk Festival.
- A live play reading and discussion series by Relative Theatrics.
- A panel discussion with two Apsaalooke (Crow) tribal members and two Wyoming lawyers to discuss the Apsaalooke religious connection to Heart Mountain and how that relationship plays out today in legal and social justice work in Wyoming.
- Humanities scholars accompanying a regional tour of a dance interpretation of Ellis Island oral histories. The scholars gave lectures at high schools and facilitated post-performance discussions on immigration, both broadly and specific to Wyoming’s rich immigrant history.
Expansion Grants ($2,001 to $10,000)
Expansion grants are grants intended to fund larger programs, both in terms of scope and impact. Deadline is once per year: April 1, 2019.
Projects may start a minimum of 60 days after the grant application due date. Applicants will hear decision within approximatley 45 days of due date.
Examples of similar grants include:
- A 5-year expansion of Northwest College’s Writers Series from their main Powell campus to the satellite Cody Center
- A summer lecture series on Wyoming history and culture from past to present at the Fort Caspar Museum
- A Wyoming PBS documentary on the history of Wyoming women’s suffrage
- A state-wide tour of the No-No Boy Project and an accompanying exhibit on music at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.
Cross-Pollination Grants (up to $15,000)
Cross-Pollination grants are intended to fund ambitious, interdisciplinary projects. Deadline is once per year: October 1, 2019.
Projects may start a minimum of 70 days after the grant application due date. Applicants will hear decision within approximately 50 days of due date.
Proposals eligible for this grant line should feature multiple disciplines, including at least one humanities discipline, that work together to help their audience explore and engage with subject matter(s) from multiple perspectives to come to a new or deeper understanding. A project might help Wyomingites examine the history of the Vietnam war through literature and song, or make use of cultural anthropology and geology to help Wyomingites explore their relationship with water.
Projects are required to have a qualified scholar or expert from the two main disciplines (at minimum) it uses. The above example of exploring Wyoming’s relationship with water through cultural anthropology and geology, for instance, would require that a cultural anthropologist and a geologist be integrally involved in the project.
If you would like more information or need assistance in the grant process, please contact Erin Pryor Ackerman at Erin@thinkwy.org. Staff is more than happy to work with you as you develop your idea into a project; however, we cannot guarantee first reads on drafts less than two week from the submittal date.
If you have a project in mind, get started on our grants possible as early as you can. Funding in the later portion of the Wyoming Humanities fiscal year (August 1 – Oct 31) is generally limited, and grants submitted during this time may not be considered or funded in time due to budget constraints.
Once your grant has been approved, you will receive notification through our online system. You will have a few forms to sign and return to us prior to the release of funds. In addition, you will receive detailed instructions on the requirements for reporting back on your grant project. We want your project to be a success and are here to help. In return, we ask that you provide us with information regarding your progress. If you are unsure of the requirements or are having difficulties, please contact us so that we can assist you.