Grants


CHANGES TO UH GRANTS EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2019

In 2020, UH will offer the following grants:  Competitive, Quick, Oral History, and Planning.

Research Fellowships WILL NOT be offered during 2020. They are on hold to rework requirements and guidelines to better fit with the UH mission, and to build the endowment funds. 

All recipients are required to provide at least a 1:1 match for funds awarded, as well as public programming.  

After research on grant amounts awarded from 9 other humanities councils in western states, we’ve determined to increase grant amounts in the Competitive grants (from a maximum of $5,000 to $8,000) and Quick grants (from a maximum $1,500 to $2,000). We also will be making a concerted effort to award four planning grants ($500), to help build the capacity for smaller and less experienced organizations to apply for larger grants in the future. 

Because our funds will still be limited, we will not award any previously funded programs at a higher amount unless these organizations clearly articulate efforts at expansion or are offering additional programming/events in rural areas.

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Competitive Grants


Funding for Projects Designed to Improve Communities Through Active Engagement in the Humanities

Competitive Grants ($2,001-$8,000) are awarded annually in the spring for public humanities projects around the state. These projects should demonstrate a wide variety of humanities disciplines and formats and address important community issues. Funds are for large-scale projects and are awarded on a competitive basis, after review and selection by a volunteer committee of board members in April.


Funding Amounts

Competitive Grants are awarded up to $8,000.*

*As of November 1, 2019. Because our total funds to award have not increased, we will not award any previously funded programs at a higher amount unless these organizations clearly articulate efforts at expansion or are offering additional programming/events in rural areas.

Deadlines

Projects must begin on or after May 1. The required draft application is due February 1 and final applications are due March 15. Final applications submitted after February 1st without having submitted a draft will not be considered. Applicants will generally receive extensive feedback on their draft by March 1st. After revisions to the draft are made and the final is submitted by March 15th, applicants will be notified about awards by May 1.

How to Apply

Guidelines for Competitive Grants
Grant Instructions and Checklist
Apply Now

Grant Administration Forms for Funded Grant Projects

Grant Agreement
Project Director Instructions
Fiscal Agent Instructions
Project Director’s Final Report Form
Congressional Letters Requirement
Cash Request Form
Audience Evaluation Form Sample
Publicity Packet
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If you have questions after reading through all of the guidelines and instructions, please contact Caitlin McDonald by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801.359.9670 x105

 

Oral History Grants


Funding for the Collection and Transcription of Oral Histories

Oral History Grants ($2,000) are awarded for the collection and transcription of oral histories in Utah. Transcripts and recordings are deposited at the Utah State Historical Society Library and other deposition sites (such as local libraries), and the content of the collected oral histories is made available to the general public through a live public program. Oral History Grants are not made to individuals or for-profit entities. Grants are intended to fund one-time projects that are innovative, focused, well-defined, and of benefit and interest to the local community.

Funding is made possible through the Utah Division of State History and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Funding Amounts

Oral History Grants are reviewed by UH and UDSH staff on a quarterly basis with the following application deadlines:

  • March 1 (mandatory draft) / April 1 (final)
          for projects starting on or after May 1

  • June 1 (mandatory draft) / July 1 (final)
          for projects starting on or after August 1

  • September 1 (mandatory draft) / October 1 (final)
          for projects starting on or after November 1

  • December 1 (mandatory draft) / January 1 (final)
          for projects starting on or after February 1

How to Apply

Guidelines for Oral History Grants
Apply Now

Grant Administration Forms for Funded Grant Projects

Grant Agreement
Project Director Instructions
Fiscal Agent Instructions
Project Director’s Final Report Form
Congressional Letters Requirement
Cash Request Form
Audience Evaluation Form Sample
How to Conduct an Oral History Booklet
Recording Your Story Booklet (Museums Australia Victoria)
Interview Agreement
Product Check Template
Publicity Packet
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For questions about the content of your oral history grant, potential oral history scholars, or professional how-to’s, please contact Jed Rogers at the Utah Division of State History at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have questions about the logistics of the application process after reading through all of the guidelines and instructions, please contact Caitlin McDonald by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

Planning Grants


Application Process for Smaller Organizations

Planning Grants ($500) are awarded for smaller organizations making efforts to provide larger humanities programming, but need help with capacity building and clarity in grant writing. These funds are only available for organizations who have not previously received funding from Utah Humanities. These grants can be used for grant writing courses, conferences, or hiring consultants to assist with future grant applications. Up to four can be awarded each year, with the expectation that awardees will return to apply for a Competitive Grant the following year.

Priority will be given to organizations providing programming in rural areas.


Deadlines

Planning grants can be awarded on a rolling basis, but all activities and reports must be completed before October 31st. Organizations who do not submit final reports for a planning grant will not be eligible for future funding from UH until submitted.

How to Apply

Submit a Letter of Intent by email to Caitlin McDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Letter of Intent Guidelines

 

Quick Grants


Application Process for Smaller Public Humanities Projects

Quick Grants (up to $2,000) are awarded for local public humanities projects where participants are invited to discuss or otherwise engage with humanities topics and themes. Applications are reviewed and awarded by UH staff on a rolling basis, with the expectation that applications are received at least 8 weeks in advance of the planned activity.

Funds for Quick Grants are made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Utah.


Funding Amounts

Quick Grants are awarded up to $2,000.*

*As of November 1, 2019. Because our total funds to award have not increased, we will not award any previously funded programs at a higher amount unless these organizations clearly articulate efforts at expansion or are offering additional programming/events in rural areas.

Deadlines

Quick Grants are reviewed by UH staff on a rolling basis, and draft applications must be received at least 8 weeks before the program begins. Applications received less than 8 weeks before the project begins will not be considered.

How to Apply

Guidelines for Quick Grants
Apply Now

Grant Administration Forms for Funded Grant Projects

Project Director Instructions
Quick Grant Final Report Form
Congressional Letters Requirement and Directory
Cash Request Form
Audience Evaluation Form Sample
Publicity Packet
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If you have questions after reading through all of the guidelines and instructions, please contact Caitlin McDonald by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

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