Grants


CHANGES TO GRANT PROGRAMS: PLEASE READ


In 2021, UH will offer the following grants: Competitive, Quick, Oral History, and Planning.

There are several changes to the grant programs that you should note:

• Competitive Grant deadlines will be different in 2021. Our new competitive grant deadlines will be as follows:

Required draft applications due: March 1st
UH draft feedback returned to applicant no later than April 1st
Final application submission deadline: April 15th
Funding notifications sent: June 1st

• Competitive Grant projects must begin on or after June 1.

• The National Endowment for Humanities no longer requires that our grant recipients contact their representatives to notify them of the award.

• The award maximum for the Oral History Grant has been raised from $2000 to $3000.

• Organizations that do not submit their final reports and cash requests within 3 months of the end of their grant period will forfeit the remaining funding and may not be eligible for future grants from UH.

*Please review all guidelines, instructions, and other documents carefully before contacting UH with questions. These will likely answer most questions you have.*
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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 accepted 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 May..


Funding Amounts

Competitive Grants are awarded up to $8,000.

Deadlines

Projects must begin on or after June 1. The required draft application is due March 1, after which applicants will receive extensive feedback no later than April 1.  Revised final applications are due April 15. Final applications submitted after March 1 without having submitted a draft will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by June 1.

How to Apply

You must read both of the following documents carefully before submitting your application:

Guidelines for Competitive Grants
Grant Instructions and Checklist
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Grant Administration Forms for Funded Grant Projects

Project Director Instructions
Fiscal Agent Instructions
Final Report Form
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 ($3,000) 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 and go through the feedback process.

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.

Deadlines

Quick Grants are reviewed by UH staff on a rolling basis, and required draft applications must be received at least 8 weeks before the program begins. This provides time for staff to give you feedback – please do not submit your application as “Final” until you’ve gone through the feedback process, and save the link you received in your confirmation email so you can edit it.

Applications received less than 8 weeks before the project begins will not be considered.

How to Apply

Please do not apply until you have thoroughly read the guidelines.

Quick Grant Guidelines
Apply Now

Grant Administration Forms for Funded Grant Projects

Project Director Instructions
Quick Grant Final Report Form
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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