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INcommon Grants

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and Community
Organizations for Humanities Projects Addressing Contemporary Issues

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks

Deadline Date:

08/31/19 11:30 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, churches, public libraries, and community organizations for public humanities-based projects that engender in-depth discussion on vital contemporary issues. Eligible projects include lectures, civic discussions, reading series, film screenings, walking tours, documentary films, web projects, and exhibits. Funding may be used to support both new and ongoing programs.

Indiana Humanities offers INcommon Grants for humanities-based programs that spark in-depth conversation, insight and consideration of others’ points of view on the persistent social, economic, cultural and racial issues that divide communities - including topics such as immigration, gentrification, incarceration, policing, institutional racism, and the legacies of segregation in housing and education, and more.

Special priority will be given to projects that include community discussion and conversation at the heart of their proposed activities. Successful proposals will include input from humanities scholars, including as advisers or facilitators. Projects must:

- Contain a strong focus on the humanities (literature; language; history; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; law; ethics; theory, history, and criticism of the performing and visual arts; social sciences with humanistic content and/or humanistic method)
- Include humanities scholars in planning and implementation
- Be intended for a public or school audience

For further details on project requirements, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185885

Number of Grants:

The Funding Source plans to award 8 to 10 INcommong Grants in 2019.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant up to $5000

Term of Contract:

- Date projects may begin: November 1, 2019
- Date by which projects must be completed: Within one year of notification

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an INcommon 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.

Indiana Humanities will not award grants to individuals.

Indiana Humanities will not award INcommon Grants for any of the following purposes:

- Political action or advocacy
- Religious practices or training
- Creation or performance of art
- Social services
- Scholarships or prizes
- Construction or renovation
- Property or major equipment purchases
- Publication of books
- Operating expenses
- Alcoholic beverages
- Entertainment (unless it's a key educational component of the program)

Pre-Application Information:


- Application Deadline: August 31, 2019, 11:30 PM
- Notification: Approximately six weeks after the application deadline
- Date projects may begin: November 1, 2019
- Date by which projects must be completed: Within one year of notification

An organization will not receive more than one INcommon Grant per calendar year.

This grant requires at least a 50% cash/in-kind match.

For additional information about INcommon Grants:

2019 Grants webinar:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For questions, contact:

George Hanlin, Director of Grants
800.675.8897, extension 128

For information, call 317.616.9784 or email

Indiana Humanities
1500 North Delaware
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana