Please note: As Congress has elected to extended the current continuing resolution for the federal budget, we are unable to confirm our own funding status and the status of our major grant round typically held in March. We will continue to accept opportunity and mini-grants during this time, but the major grant deadline and funding timeline is currently on hold until the federal budget is finalized and approved. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.
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.
Some questions to begin:
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 do not fund individuals.
4) The project must have a humanities scholar in a central role (loosely defined as MA or higher in a humanities field).
If your project meets the above criteria, please email a one page synopsis of the project to grants@thinkWY.org. Staff will review the synopsis and advise as to whether or not our board might choose to fund the project. You must complete this step at least two weeks before submitting an application. Writing grants is hard work. We don’t want you to go through the trouble for a grant that can’t/won’t be funded.
Once you have consulted with staff about your project and get a green light to formally submit an application, download the proper forms from this web page.
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 March 1 for projects beginning 60 days from date of submittal (So with a yearly March 1 deadline, projects must start May 1 or later).
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 45 days from the grant application submittal deadline (a May 1 application would have a start date of June 15th).
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.)
Our regional directors are here to help you submit the best grant you can. If you are in the eastern half of Wyoming, please contact Jason Burge at Jason@thinkwy.org. If you are in the Western half, your staff contact is Emy DiGrappa at Emy@thinkwy.org. Regardless, all formal aspects of the grant shall be submitted to email@example.com. 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.
National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant
The Creating Humanities Communities program provides matching grants to help stimulate and proliferate meaningful humanities activities in states and U.S. territories underserved by NEH’s grantmaking divisions and offices. Grantees will use the funds to establish and undertake new humanities programs.
The goal of these grants is to make connections between organizations that will foster community cohesion on a local or regional level. Applicants may define community in a variety of ways (by focusing, for example, on a place such as a village or town, or on a common interest or a common theme), and the programs that the cooperating institutions carry out together must aim to enhance the importance of the humanities in people’s lives.
Applicants to this program must form collaborative partnerships with at least two and at most five institutions (including the applicant organization). These partnerships may involve organizations such as public libraries, cultural centers, museums, historical societies, colleges (including community colleges) and universities, archival repositories, historic houses, school districts, civic centers, or other cultural entities.