Humanities Grants


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Humanities Grants support projects that engage the public with the humanities. Grants are contingent on the availability of funds. 

Click here to watch a short film about a KHC Humanities Grant project.

Browse the online Humanities Grant application form. The browse function gives you the opportunity to review the questions and the format without filling anything out.


  1. Connect Kansans with ideas, people, and places from across time and generations.
  2. Engage citizens in discussions about a humanities theme or topic.
  3. Offer multiple points of view for the public to consider.
  4. Strengthen sense of community.

Projects eligible for humanities grant support include a series of public programs specific to a humanities theme, museum exhibitions, film and book discussions, the creation of short documentary films, full-length film documentaries, media projects, and other creative activities. Click here to read through the 2018 Humanities Grant Guidelines.

Humanities Grants:  Award Amounts and Deadlines

Mini Grants


Request Amount: Up to $3,500
Deadlines: Requests for Mini Humanities Grants are reviewed year round.

Major Grants

Request Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadlines: Requests for Major Humanities Grants are reviewed three times a year. Click here for schedule.

Contact at grants(at) or (785) 357-0359 for more information.

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In-state nonprofits are eligible, including colleges and universities. 501(c)(3) status is not required. A DUNS number is required.   What is a DUNS number?  This 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

Organizations with an open grant from a previous grant cycle may not apply until the final report has been received by KHC. 

Get Started

  1. Review the Humanities Grant Guidelines. This is where to find information about the types of proposals KHC funds, what KHC means by including a humanities consultant, and directions on how to prepare your budget.
  2. Talk to KHC staff to make sure the project is eligible.
  3. Write a draft of your proposal and include a preliminary budget.

Prepare a Draft for Review

  1. Browse the online application form to get familiar with the online process and questions. No registration needed.
  2. Prepare a draft using the same questions found on the online form or found on pages 3-8 of the Humanities Grant Guidelines.
  3. Email the draft as a pdf to grants(at) Call (785) 357-0359 for help.
  4. KHC staff will review the draft proposal and offer comments on how to make the proposal more competitive for review by the grant reviewers.

Revise Your Draft

  1. Review suggestions made by KHC staff and make any changes  necessary to your proposal
  2. Make sure the attachments you want to include in the final application are in pdf format.

Go Online and Apply

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What to Expect Online

  1. You will receive an email welcoming you to the system after your first step
  2. Click the “Save and Next” button if you get interrupted. This will save your work so that you can return to it at a later time. If you don’t, the information you typed into the form will be erased.
  3. Click the link in the “Access Your Application” email to return to your application-in-process.
  4. All attachments to your application must be uploaded as pdfs.
  5. Once you click “Submit,” you are no longer able to make changes on the form.
  6. The Project Director, Fiscal Agent, and Registrant will receive an email confirmation from KHC when the application has been received.
  7. If you do not hear from KHC within 5 business days of the submission of your request, please call (785) 357-0359.

All KHC Major and Mini grant proposals are submitted online as of January 1, 2013. We’re here to help. This process is new to us too. If you have questions or problems, please contact grants(at) or (785) 357-0359.

Humanities Grants:  Common Questions

What are the humanities?

The humanities explore the human experience.  According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act,  “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

What is a humanities program?

An important goal of the humanities is to encourage reflection about values and ideas. All of us hold beliefs and assumptions that shape the way we see the world, whether it’s a contemporary issue or our understanding of an historical event such as the Civil War. A humanities program makes us more aware of the connection between our values and the views that we express in public and private life. A good humanities program makes us think in new ways. It asks questions, without providing pat answers. It presents different points of view about an issue or topic. A humanities program moves beyond facts and information (what, where, and when) to interpretation (how can we learn from this? which version of the story do we choose to believe and why?).