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Mini Grant Program

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits, Schools, and
Individuals for Small-Scale Humanities Projects

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations, individuals, and schools for a broad range of small-scale humanities projects. Requests will be considered for public humanities projects, individual humanities research, civic education projects for K-12 students, and the research phase of documentary films.

Funding Areas:

Public Projects:
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supports public humanities projects that enrich and enliven the life of the state through a variety of formats including: community conversations, talks and lectures, new media technology, museum interpretations and exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, book or film discussions, oral histories, and radio shows.

Documentary Film:
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supports documentary films that preserve Rhode Island’s stories and bring its history to life. Please note that Mini Grants may be requested for the research phase only. Applicants seeking support for script development, production, and post-production may request support through the Major grant program.

K-12 Civic Education:
Democracy Demands Wisdom: K-12 Civic Education Grants support projects that enhance the humanities components of K-12 education through the creative integration of the Rhode Island Social Studies Grade Span Expectations in teaching and learning, in order to cultivate the civic leaders of future generations.

Civic Education Grants have taken the form of:
-Curriculum development & implementation
-Field trips
-Student research
-Teacher development & workshops
-Programs that creatively engage students in history, their local communities, and civic action

Individual Research:
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supports original research that uncovers Rhode Island’s untold stories and sheds new light and insight on established stories. The Council supports new scholarship by awarding mini grants to independent researchers to conduct research and share their findings with the public.

Project Accessibility:

Your projects should connect the public with the humanities at no cost and be accessible. Programs should be geared toward a broad and diverse general audience and must allow for differing points of view.

Humanities Scholar Requirement:

RICH requires that projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations centrally involve humanities scholars to support the representation of knowledge from one or more humanities disciplines. For independent research projects, the applicant is considered the primary project scholar. In both cases, you are encouraged to connect with additional scholars/experts in the field where appropriate.

Humanities scholars may be academic humanists (university faculty, researchers, and graduate students with advanced degrees in one or more of the humanities disciplines); or public humanists (without formal institutional affiliation, but actively engaged in humanities study with a public record of scholarship, e.g., culture bearers – tribal or neighborhood elders, storytellers, or practitioners of traditional cultural forms.)

RICH requires the involvement of humanities scholars to support a broad humanistic perspective as well as in-depth knowledge in a particular field of study. Humanities scholars can play many roles in a project including, but not limited to:

-Consultant or advisor on humanities content to develop and help shape ideas into a humanities project.
-Researcher or writer of critical and interpretive materials, essays, and text for exhibitions; curricular materials; script treatments; catalogues, etc., to accompany a project or program.
-Lecturer, presenter, panelist, or moderator appearing in a lm or public program.
-Evaluator upon project completion to assess whether and/or how the project’s learning goals were met.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179501

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

Term of Contract:

An applicant may apply for and receive up to four years of consecutive major grant funding for the same program. Following the fourth year of funding, the applicant must sit out for one year before reapplying for the same program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Mini Grant Program invites individual researchers, nonprofit organizations, and schools to apply.

Organizations may apply for a mini or major grant if:
-You have a current 501(c)3 or equivalent tax-exempt status.
-You are in “good standing” with the Council, i.e., you do not have an overdue grant report or a previously defaulted grant.
-You do not currently have an open grant with RICH. If you are a current grantee, RICH encourages you to reapply after you have satisfactorily closed your open grant.

Individuals may apply for a mini grant if:
-You are planning to do research in the humanities. If you are not doing research, you must find the appropriate fiscal sponsorship.
-You have formulated a solid plan for how you intend to make your research findings public (e.g., lecture, panel discussion, website, radio/ television broadcast, podcast, published essay, or book). RICH encourages you to secure letters of interest from hosting venues or partners.
-Your research is not part of a degree-related pursuit or faculty research project.
-You do not currently have an open grant with the Council. If you are a current grantee, RICH encourage you to reapply after you have satisfactorily closed your open grant.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has adopted the use of DUNS numbers as a way to keep track of how federal grant money is dispersed. Therefore, all institutional grantees (individuals are exempt) must obtain a DUNS number before RICH can disperse any awarded funds.

Funding Colleges and Universities:
RICH’s primary goal is to increase public access to quality humanities programming. RICH accepts proposals from colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to reach an audience beyond the campus community. Such proposals should show strong community collaboration, a well-defined outreach and publicity plan, and stated audience goals.

Out-of-State Applicants:
Non-Rhode Island based organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply, but should be prepared to articulate the impact their project will have in Rhode Island. The Council prioritizes funding for projects with a clear Rhode Island connection.

RICH does not fund retroactively; therefore, an application for a project that will incur costs prior to an award decision will be disqualified.

Not Funded:
-Food or beverages
-Academic fees or other degree-related expenses, including academic research
-Fellowships or scholarships
-Foreign, non-economy, or extensive domestic travel
-Book publication
-Fundraising or for-pro t activities
-Restoration work and construction work
-Creation of art or performances in the arts
-Equipment purchases
-Archival acquisitions
-Direct social action or political action, e.g., counseling, legal or medical services, economic development activities, lobbying
-Economic development activities Other restrictions may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Steps to Apply:

Step 1
Applicants are encouraged to contact RICH staff to discuss their project idea and verify funding availability prior to submitting a proposal.

Step 2
Proposal drafts submitted to RICH staff (optional) - by mid-month before the quarterly deadline.
Staff reviews and provides feedback on polished drafts within a week.

Step 3
Full Proposal Deadline are due by the 1st of February, May, August, and November

Step 4
RICH will review proposals within 4-6 weeks.

Step 5
Award decision notifications by the middle of the following months. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by mail.

All materials must be submitted to the Council through the online grants portal by 5:00 pm EST on the day of the established deadline. Deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays are honored on the next business day. Please pay close attention to the grant deadlines.

Mini Grant Deadlines:
-November 1, 2018
-February 1, 2019
-May 1, 2019
-August 1, 2019

Cost Sharing
RICH requires one-to-one cost sharing or matching of nonprofit applicants. Individual and civic education grant applicants are exempt from this requirement. Cost-sharing consists of all project expenses not attributed to the RICH grant, including both cash and in-kind contributions (donations of goods and services) made to the project by the applicant and third parties. The total cost sharing must at least equal the total funds requested from RICH. Please note, any funds of federal origin cannot contribute to your match, but must be noted in your budget.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Logan Hinderliter, Program Officer, Grants & Partnerships

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH)
131 Washington St., Suite 210
Providence, RI 02903

P: 401-273-2250
F: 401-454-4872

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island