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Culture Preservation Grants

Grant Updates

  • The health and safety of Kansans and their communities remains a priority for Humanities Kansas. We encourage applicants to apply for projects that explore new opportunities like podcasts, online exhibitions, Zoom series, and other formats that share Kansas stories in fresh ways. For more information or to brainstorm ideas, please contact Leslie VonHolten, Director of Grants and Outreach, at LVH@humanitieskansas.org.
  • Culture Preservation grant guidelines have been upated as of 5/11/20. Review new guidelines
  • Contact Leslie VonHolten, Director of Grants and Outreach, with questions: LVH@humanitieskansas.org

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. 

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 http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Need help? Follow the simple, step-by-step "How to Get a DUNS Number" cheat sheet
  • 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: Beginning July 1, 2020, all Culture Preservation grants will be reviewed monthly through October 2020.

New on July 1, 2020: Rolling Monthly Deadlines for Culture Preservation Grants

The traditional Fall 2020 grant round has been replaced with monthly deadlines.

Monthly Grant Deadlines:

  • July 31, 2020
  • August 31, 2020
  • September 30, 2020
  • October 30, 2020

Notification will occur one month after the deadline and projects may begin once the grant agreement is signed and returned.

Grants are available as funding allows. 

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


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