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Culture Preservation Grants

2022 Culture Preservation grant guidelines and dates will be posted in mid-November.

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. 


Who Can Apply

  • In-state nonprofit organizations are eligible, except colleges and universities
  • 501(c)(3) status is not required
  • A DUNS number is required. What is a DUNS number? The nine-digit number is used to track federal funding. DUNS numbers are free and never require a processing fee. Receive a DUNS number free-of-charge by calling 866-705-5711 or by visiting Need help? Follow the simple, step-by-step "How to Get a DUNS Number" cheat sheet
  • 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

Deadlines: Three times per year. Final grant submissions are due on the following dates. See the grant guidelines for details.

  • February 24, 2021
  • May 12, 2021
  • September 29, 2021

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 August 2021 Grants Chat (36 minutes)

Grants Chat slides (PDF) 

View Grant Guidelines 

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Prepare a Draft


Common Questions

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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