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Mini Grant Program

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits, Schools,
and Researchers for Humanities Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH)

Deadline Date:

08/01/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations, schools, and researchers for a broad range of 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. 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.

Funding will be provided for the following four types of proposals:

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. The Council follows a three-phase approach to funding documentary films:

  • Phase 1: Research (mini grant)
  • Phase 2: Script Development (development level major grant)
  • Phase 3: Production and Post Production (major grant)

It is only on a rare occasion that the Council funds finishing or post-production for a film for which the Council has not funded its development.

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.

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.

Beginning April 22, 2020 the Council will accept applications for general operating support grants and project grants in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179501

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Your organization may apply for a 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 the Council

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 of your project and apply for a public project grant.
- 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). The Council 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, we encourage you to reapply after you have satisfactorily closed your open grant

Funding Colleges and Universities:
The Council 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.

Humanities Scholar Requirement
The Council 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

More information about the Humanities Scholar Requirement can be found at

Ineligible expenses can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Mini Grant Deadlines:
- November 1, 2019
- February 1, 2020
- May 1, 2020
- August 1, 2020

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.

In 2020, February 1 and August 1 fall on a Saturday. The effective deadline will be the next business day: February 3, 2020 and August 3, 2020.

Application steps:
- Step 1: Applicants are encouraged to contact Council 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. Full proposals must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. EST.
- Step 4: Council review of proposals within 5-6 weeks.
- Step 5: Award decision notifications by the middle of the following months. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by mail.

DUNS # Requirement:
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 the Council can disperse any awarded funds.

Cost-Share Requirement:
The Council 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 Council 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 the Council. 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:

Direct questions to:
Logan Hinderliter
Associate Director, Grants & Partnerships

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

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