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Culture Preservation Grants

Culture Preservation Grants support projects that preserve and create access to historical or cultural resources that document stories of life in Kansas.


  • Preserve stories that document the human experience
  • Increase public access to our shared cultural heritage
  • Enhance organizational capacity through the use of a Project Consultant


Types of Projects HK Supports

Oral histories, digitization efforts, transcription, collections care, language preservation, hands-on training, and other creative preservation projects are eligible. Using the knowledge of a Project Consultant and implementing best practices are the keys to a successful application. This program is a partnership between Humanities Kansas and the Kansas Historical Society.

To be competitive for funding, proposals should clearly define the scope of work, 
explain the process, and articulate why the material is important. The best proposals focus on a single story or collection of material. 


What Do I Need to Apply?

  • In-state nonprofit organizations are eligible, except colleges and universities
  • 501(c)(3) status is not required
  • A Unique Entity ID (SAM) from for sub-awardees is required. This 12-digit alphanumeric ID is used to track federal funding. (You do not need a full registration for HK grants. Only the UEID number is required.)

    How do you get a UEID? Follow this Quick Start Guide.

  • NOTE: Organizations with an open HK grant from a previous cycle are ineligible until the earlier grant project is finalized and closed.


Award Amounts and Deadlines

Amount: Up to $3,500

Additional funds can be requested to assist with increasing access to the project, including support for a sign language interpreter, Spanish language interpreter, audio tours for digital and in-person exhibits, rental of handicap accessible ramps, etc. See the budget section of the guidelines for more details.

Deadlines: Three times per year. 

  • February 26, 2024
  • May 27, 2024
  • September 23, 2024

If you would like staff to review the application before submitting, please see the deadline schedule and instructions in the grant guidelines. Do not use the online grants form to submit a draft.

Grants are available as funding allows. 

Watch the 2024 Grants Chat (34 min.)

View Grant Guidelines  

Prepare a Draft


Forms for CP Grant Recipients

For more information, contact Leslie VonHolten, Director of Grants and Outreach, at or 785-357-0359. 


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