We offer grants to support community programs all over Wyoming. Staff are available and eager to answer questions and offer assistance to grant writers at any time. We encourage you to submit a draft and work closely with Jenny Ingram to complete your application, email@example.com or 307-721-9247.
Find application forms and instructions below. Please note that application forms were recently updated: we now require a DUNS number from all applicants and matching funds are no longer available.
The Wyoming Humanities Council’s board of directors annually awards more than $80,000 in grants to non-profit groups and government agencies throughout Wyoming to pursue humanities projects.
Any nonprofit organization or public agency in Wyoming may apply for grant funding. Nonprofits outside Wyoming whose programs serve the people of Wyoming are also eligible. Grants are not awarded to individuals.
The humanities must be central to the project and a humanities professional must be integrally involved in the planning and development of the project.
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.”
The council defines a humanities professional as someone with an advanced degree in a humanities discipline who is currently working in (or retired from) that field. We will also consider people who might not hold an advanced degree but who have advanced training, acquired expertise, or an established reputation in a humanities discipline, such as tribal elders. All projects except planning grants must include a public element and must be free (or provided at a reasonable charge) and open to the public, and advertised as such.
All application deadlines are postmark deadlines.
REGULAR GRANTS: $2,000-$10,000
Deadlines: April 1 for programs starting June 1 or later, and October 1 for programs starting December 1 or later. Reviewed by the Grants Committee. Applicants are notified of council’s decision approximately six weeks after deadline.
MINI GRANTS: UP TO $2,000
Deadlines: first working day of each month except July, for programs starting on or after the 15th of the following month. Reviewed monthly by council committee. Applicants are notified of committee’s decision approximately three weeks after deadline.
PLANNING GRANTS: UP TO $2,000
Provide funds for travel and meeting expenses of humanities professionals and others involved in planning content and format of larger humanities projects. Deadlines: first working day of each month except July, for programs starting on or after the first of the following month. Reviewed monthly by council committee. Applicants are notified of committee’s decision approximately three weeks after deadline.
OPPORTUNITY GRANTS: UP TO $750
[for speaker or discussion leader expenses in public humanities programs]
Deadlines: must be in WHC office at least two weeks before proposed program. Provides funds for programs that seize an unforeseen opportunity, such as speakers whose presence in the state could not be anticipated in time to meet the deadline for a mini-grant application, or humanities programming related to an unexpected local, national, or international event. Opportunity grants are not meant to take the place of mini-grants and are not intended for use to help defray the costs of annual events or events with enough lead time to apply for a mini-grant. An organization is limited to one opportunity grant per year. Reviewed throughout the year by WHC board president and grants committee chair. Applicants are notified within seven working days of proposal’s arrival in WHC office.
Grants for Travel to Wyoming Humanities Council Programs
The Wyoming Humanities Council will award grants of up to $1000 for group travel to Wyoming Humanities Council programs or programs with funding from the Wyoming Humanities Council. The first deadline to apply is November 1, 2013. For more information, contact Jenny Ingram at (307) 721-9247 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a one year trial for this grant category.
Maximum funding: $1000
Cost share: These grants require 1:1 cost share.
Deadlines: Rolling. Applications must arrive in the WHC office at least two weeks prior to the proposed program.
Grant period: November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014, or until all grant funds are expended.
Decision making: Chairman and two members of the Grants Committee.
- Any not-for-profit organization or government agency in Wyoming may apply
- Projects must be for group travel to Wyoming Humanities Council programs or programs with funding from the Wyoming Humanities Council. A group is defined as two or more people.
- Field trips and related expenses (admission fees, travel expenses including mileage, lodging and meals).
- Purchase of equipment or food other than per diem.
The council has specific guidelines for grants requesting funding for the following: