Projects that address pressing issues and draw strength from community partnerships are encouraged. The Grants Program gives priority to projects that engage hard-to-reach audiences (e.g.: families, groups with special needs, veterans, etc.) or that serve communities from all around the state. From now to 2020, projects that mark the state or national centennials of women's suffrage are also encouraged.
In order to apply to any of Humanities NY's grants or programs, you must first create an account through our grant portal. Choose one primary contact to complete the registration process, which should take roughly two minutes and requires an email address.
To be more responsive to the needs of the field, the grants program has rolling deadlines. For Vision Grants, it is two months before your first meeting. For Action Grants, it is three months before your first event.
Make a 30-minute phone appointment to discuss your idea or proposal with a Humanities NY staff member. You may send draft materials ahead of time.
To resume a grant or program application, view your awards, or submit final reports, please follow the link to our online grant portal. The primary contact uses their credentials to login. For technical assistance, please refer to our tutorial video or email us. If you need further help with your application, make an appointment with our grants team using the “Appointments” tab.
Up to $1,500 in support of brainstorming, researching, and professional development for organizations working collaboratively to develop new ideas and program strategies. These grants aim to:
- Support emerging and established partnerships between different groups on a shared project that may develop into public-facing activities.
- Infuse program design with humanities themes and methodologies from the start.
- Encourage experimentation in program design.
- Build community input into program design.
Up to $5,000 to produce public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others across New York State. These grants require organizations to demonstrate a match of at least one-to-one. These grants aim to:
- Connect audiences more deeply to the communities where they live and work.
- Solidify community partnerships and diversify audiences.
- Creatively employ the tools of the humanities to respond to issues and ideas capturing the imagination and passion of New Yorkers today.