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Humanities For All Grants

Check back soon for the new 2023 HFA Grant Guidelines

Humanities For All grants support projects that draw on history, literature, and culture to engage the public with stories that spark conversations. 


  • Share stories that explore the human experience
  • Engage people in public discussions
  • Generate insights that cultivate a thriving democracy


Types of Projects We Support

Humanities projects should draw on our diverse history, literature, and cultures to explore a defined topic.

Formats include, but are not limited to, interpretive exhibitions, community conversations, town halls, panel discussions, presentations, book discussions, short films, full-length films, or podcasts. Creativity and innovation are encouraged. 

The humanities must be central to the proposal. Humanities include the study of history, literature, ethnic studies, languages, linguistics, law, folklore, gender studies, religious studies, philosophy, art history, archeology, cultural anthropology, and ethics. Social sciences, such as political science and sociology, are also considered humanities. 

Projects must engage the general public, which primarily refers to an adult, out-of-school audience. 


Who Can Apply

  • In-state nonprofit organizations are eligible, including colleges and universities
  • 501(c)(3) status is not required
  • New in 2022: 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 is finalized and closed. 


Award Amounts & Deadlines

Amount: Up to $10,000

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. Final grant submissions are due on the following dates. See the grant guidelines for details.

  • March 1, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
  • September 21, 2022

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 January 11 Grants Chat

View the Grants Chat slides 

View Grant Guidelines 

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Prepare a Draft


Common Questions

Forms for HFA Grant Recipients

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


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