Wyoming Humanities has officially launched its online grant application portal through Foundant. To apply for a grant, please click here or use the button on the left. In order to apply for the first time, you will need to register for a user name and login as well as submit information for your organization. Note: Do not register yourself as associated with any other organization other than your own. Information regarding sponsoring organizations for fiscal agents and non-profit sponsorship is asked within the application. For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Erin@thinkwy.org or Josh@thinkwy.org.
Applications can only be submitted by the Project Director. Please have and be ready to submit:
Current Email Address
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
What is Changing:
Paper applications will continue to be accepted for a short time for those already in progress, however they will not longer be available on the web site.
All future applications will need to be submitted through the online portal. Grant amounts, types, and descriptions are not changing at this time. Opportunity grants can still be applied for at any time a minimum of 14 days before the project start date. Mini-grants are due the first of each, however, please note: A letter of intent is required before the application can be accessed or submitted. This must be submitted through the online portal, not via email, and may increase application time. Please plan ahead so we can work with you to ensure your application is completed and received.
Most communication will be processed through this 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. Approved and declined 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.
If you’ve come to this page, then you are probably looking for financial support for a project. We support projects that match our mission. Our goal is to provide programs that encourage thoughtful discussion and critical thinking about humanities topics at the layman’s level.
We want to see publicly accessible projects that ask audiences to take a closer look at the human experience. The humanities study the human condition within the frame of cultural, social, and personal contexts. Our mission is to bring the humanities, which are often thought of as being “Ivory tower,” university subjects to Wyoming citizens at large.
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:
Major Grants $2,001 to $10,000
Major grants are for bigger projects and have an annual deadline of July 1, 2018 for projects beginning 45 days from the closing date – Project cannot begin until after August 16, 2018.
Mini Grants up to $2,000
Our mini grants are due on the first working day of every month beginning in August of every year for projects starting a minimum of 45 days from the grant application submittal deadline (a May 1 application would have a start date of June 15th or later).
Please note: there will be no Mini-Grants round during July 2018. Please plan on submitting for either June or August instead.
Opportunity Grant up to $750
Opportunity grants work a little differently than our other grants. You will still need to contact staff through grants@thinkWY.org about the project before submittal, but as this grant line was established to catch humanities opportunities in the area, the application is due only two weeks before the proposed program. (Say a famous historian is speaking in a nearby town and you want to bring them to yours. This would be an unforeseen opportunity that would be eligible for an Opportunity Grant.)
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 (July 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 from our fiscal officer. 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.