Funding cultural programs around the state is one way that Ohio Humanities helps create and sustains vibrant communities. Ohio Humanities supports cultural programs that share the human story through documentation, interpretation, reflection, and representation. Humanities scholars, community history specialists, and cultural heritage professionals play a key role in Ohio Humanities-funded projects.
To advance this mission, Ohio Humanities will award grants of up to $20,000 in support of documentaries, exhibitions, public talks, book festivals, and digital media that benefit Ohioans. Projects should situate and share stories in the context of the humanities and encourage participants to engage in considered reflection on those stories. Areas of study include history, anthropology, folklore, archaeology, literature, languages, linguistics, philosophy, ethics, comparative religion, jurisprudence, historical and critical approaches to the arts, and aspects of the social sciences that use historical or philosophical approaches.
Priority will be given to new content and the work of humanities professionals. A humanities professional generally has an advanced degree in a humanities area of study (e.g., MA, MLS, or PhD). Projects may also draw on individuals with a wealth of relevant knowledge about a topic but who lack advanced training in the humanities (e.g., a local historian or educator). Applicants must be able to ensure the accuracy of the content/production and provide relevant context and interpretation of the topic from a humanities perspective.
In addition, projects should have a public benefit that allows Ohioans to interpret the past and imagine the future; guide Ohioans in defining their individual beliefs, values, and aspirations; help Ohioans understand and engage diverse cultures; engage the broadest possible audience; create and sustain vibrant communities; and support the development of innovative opportunities and relationships.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Ohio. Each dollar from Ohio Humanities must be matched (with cash or in-kind) with a dollar from the sponsoring organization.
See the Ohio Humanities for complete program guidelines and application instructions.