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TALK Instructions and FAQs

Humanities Kansas's free TALK book discussions immerse readers in captivating stories and introduce different experiences through literature.*

Click on a question to find the answer faster. Have a question not listed? â€‹Contact Abigail Kaup, Program Officer, at or (785) 357-0359. We’ll walk you through the process. 

How to Create a TALK Book Discussion in Your Community

TALK Book Discussions can now be conducted online!

Up to three books per series are eligible for scholar-facilitated talk discussions. You may borrow all the available books in a series and lead discussions yourself for the remaining books.

1. Review the TALK catalog and select a TALK series. In a hurry? Review this two-page list of TALK series and books.

2. Reserve the TALK series from the Northwest Kansas Library System. Contact the Northwest Kansas Library System or call (785) 877-5148. Be sure to confirm:

  • How many books you need.
  • When the books will be shipped to you.
  • How the books will be shipped (through the library courier system or USPS).
  • When the books need to be returned.

3. Wait for confirmation of your series reservation.

4. Select a discussion leader for each of the three books.

5. Contact discussion leader(s) and confirm dates, location, and time. Book discussions can now be conducted online. Contact the discussion leader to discuss setting up a presentation online. Download this guide with step-by-step instructions for setting up an online presentation.

6. Apply for funding to bring the discussion leader(s) to your community. Find out how below. (Please note: Completed applications, including the DUNS number, must be submitted 6 weeks before the event dates to be considered for funding.) Discussions are intended for out-of-school adult audiences and must be free and open to the public. Humanities Kansas is unable to fund applications that do not meet these requirements.

7. Publicize your event. Download press releases, discussion leader bios, and Humanities Kansas' logo poster.

8. Tell us how it went. After your final discussion, download and fill out the TALK Evaluation Forms and Cost Share Report. Please fill out one for each discussion and email it to Abigail Kaup:


Who is Eligible to Receive Funding?

  • Humanities Kansas programs are intended for out-of-school adults. Humanities Kansas is unable to support classroom visits or events designed for children or teens only.

  • Presentations must remain free and open to the public.

  • In-state nonprofits are eligible, including colleges and universities. Off campus venues are strongly preferred.
  • 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
  • Still unsure if you're eligible to receive funding? Click here.


Award Amounts

  • If the speaker/discussion leader is traveling up to 200 miles one-way for your event, the sponsoring organization will receive $300 to pay for the speaker.
  • If the speaker/discussion leader is traveling 201 miles or more one-way for your event, the sponsoring organization will receive $500 to pay for the speaker.
  • If the speaker/discussion leader is leading an online discussion, the sponsoring organization will recieve $250 to pay for the speaker.


Closing Reports: Evaluation and Cost Share

  • Organizations who receive funding from Humanities Kansas are required to submit closing reports within two weeks after the event takes place.
  • All Humanities Kansas funds are matched with local contributions called cost share. This includes volunteer or staff hours needed to organize the event, the rental of a meeting room, and other items. It does not have to include a cash match. Click here to see a sample cost share form.
  • Final Report: Evaluation and Cost Share    



  • Completed applications are due no later than six weeks before the event date. 
  • The events should occur within six months of the date of the submission to HK. 


The Sponsoring Organization Will Be Responsible For:

  • Coordinating and publicizing the event.
  • Paying the speaker/discussion leader on the day of the event.
  • Submitting a brief final report and cost share report to HK within two weeks after the event is held. (Filing your final report ensures that your organization can continue to receive Humanities Kansas support grants, as funding allows).


How Many HK Programs Can You Receive?

  • In-state, nonprofit organization are eligible for up to 4 fundraising requests per HK fiscal year (November 1 through October 31) as funding allows. 
  • All HK programs — Speakers Bureau and TALK — are intended for an out-of-school adult audience and must be free and open to the public. Please contact Abigail Kaup at or 785-357-0359 if you have questions. It is possible that not every request for funding will be awarded. 
  • Humanities Kansas program funds cannot be used for administrative fees or indirect costs. Funding is only to be used to pay for the humanities professional(s).


Questions? Contact Abigail Kaup at or 785-357-0359. We'll walk you through the process.

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*Talk About Literature in Kansas is available to Kansas nonprofits free-of-charge, as funding allows.


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