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Sunflower 70s Grants

HK offers up to $3,500 for communities to save their stories from the 1970s


The deadline for this opportunity was September 1, 2022


Since its founding in 1972, Humanities Kansas has explored bold stories and big ideas in every corner of Kansas—ideas about what it means to be human, to be part of a democracy, and to strengthen our communities. As we celebrate our first 50 years, HK invites Kansas communities to save their own 1970s stories as part of the Sunflower 70s grant initiative. 

The 1970s were a time of change in Kansas. People across the state wrote to the newly formed Kansas Committee for the Humanities to say they wanted to talk about their concerns. Older residents worried about losing the rural way of life, an aging population, and a changing society. Younger residents were interested in equal rights, conservation, and an end to the Vietnam War.  

What events shaped the 1970s in your community? Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Changes in agricultural practices, policies, and ownership
  • Environmental protections, nuclear power, and water conservation
  • Changes in immigration patterns, foodways, and languages
  • Social changes to family structures, education, and mobility
  • Not sure? Let’s brainstorm!


Types of Projects We Support

Sunflower 70s grants provide up to $3,500 to preserve and share the stories of this pivotal decade. With consultation with an HK Preservation Expert, grant funds can be used for:

  • Archival boxes, sleeves, and other physical preservation materials
  • Oral history recording equipment
  • Digitization of photos and records for greater accessibility
  • Staff and consultant time to work on the project
  • Exhibit, panel discussion, and special event expenses
  • Other items needed to document, preserve, and share the stories of this dynamic decade



In-state nonprofits are eligible. 501(c)(3) status is not required, but applicants do need a Unique Entity ID from How do you get a UEID? Follow the Quick Start Guide

NOTE: Organizations with an open HK grant are not eligible. Universities and colleges are not eligible.

Sunflower '70s Guidelines 

For more information, contact Leslie VonHolten, Director of Grants & Outreach, at Email is the quickest method of communication. Follow up phone calls can be arranged. 


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