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Innovation Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Schools, Libraries, Community Organizations,
and Agencies for Innovative Public Humanities Programs

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Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks

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Deadline Date:

07/31/19 11:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Indiana nonprofits, schools, libraries, community and faith-based organizations, and agencies for the development and implementation of innovative public humanities programs. Applicants must submit an Inquiry Form prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects and activities that use cutting-edge approaches to help people consider new perspectives, learn new information, share ideas, and understand one another better. Programs should be open to the public, use the humanities as a tool for engagement, and/or reach underserved audiences.

For more information about the types of programs supported by this grant, see:

Projects must contain a strong focus on the humanities, including activities in the following disciplines:
- Literature
- Language
- History
- Philosophy
- Archaeology
- Comparative religion
- Law
- Ethics
- Theory, history, and criticism of the performing and visual arts
- Social sciences that have humanistic content and/or humanistic method.

In addition, projects must:
- Include innovative elements
- Include humanities scholars in planning and implementation
- Be intended for a public or school audience
- Be presented at a site that is accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Include a plan for execution

For more information about program requirements, see:

Ten percent of the grant can go toward indirect costs; 25% of the cost share (your match) may come from indirect costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184849

Number of Grants:

The Fund plans to award 6 to 10 Innovation grants in 2019.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Programs may not exceed $10,000 in requested funding.

Term of Contract:

- Date projects may begin: October 1, 2019
- Date by which projects must be completed: Within two years of notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an Innovation Grant, you must apply on behalf of an Indiana-based tax-exempt organization. Schools, public libraries, churches, community organizations, and government entities are eligible. 501(c)3 status is not required.

Innovation Grants are not awarded to individuals.

An organization cannot receive more than one Innovation Grant per calendar year.

Indiana Humanities will not award grants for the following:
- Political action or advocacy
- Religious practices or training
- Creation or performances of art
- Social services
- Scholarships or prizes
- Construction or renovation
- Property or major equipment purchases. Funding may be considered for equipment, however, if it is a portion of the grant request and will support the overall goal of providing public humanities programming.
- Publication of books
- Operating expenses
- Alcoholic beverages
- Entertainment, unless it's a key educational component of the program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants who were unable to attend a workshop and would like to know more can watch a new grants webinar here:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application deadline: Inquiry form due April 30, 2019; full application due July 31, 2019, 11:30 PM
- Notifications: About six weeks after the application deadline.
- Date projects may begin: October 1, 2019
- Date by which projects must be completed: Within two years of notification.

If you're interested in applying for an Innovation Grant, please review the grant guidelines then complete the Inquiry Form. An Indiana Humanities staff member will review the form and will contact you either via phone or email to acknowledge its receipt and possibly to ask for additional information and/or provide guidance. If the staff member feels that your project aligns with the goals of the Innovation Grant, he or she will ask you to submit a full proposal. If you're invited to apply, you must do so using Indiana Humanities' online application system.

The Fund is available to support you as you prepare your inquiry form and application, and encourages you to reach out if you have questions or concerns about whether your idea aligns with the goals of the Innovation Grant. For help, contact George Hanlin, Director of Grants (see details, in Contact Information, below).

This grant requires at least a 50% cash/in-kind match. Matching funds must come from non-federal sources and ideally will demonstrate a level of community support for the project.

Additional information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Innovation Grant Inquiry Form:

Application submission (scroll down to Innovation Grant, 2019):

George Hanlin, Director of Grants
1500 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana