Budgeting and Funding

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You may want to look into finding funds to match your Let’s Talk About It grant. Matching funds will expand the budget for your program and increase the potential reach and impact.

  • Many state humanities councils award “mini-grants” or “resource grants” to support free admission public humanities programs of short duration. In most states, programs must involve a humanities scholar in order to qualify for a grant.
  • Short-term grants usually cover only the direct costs of a humanities program; for example, honoraria and travel expenses for lecturers, film or video preparation and presentation, printing and postage for promotional items, or the purchase of books for discussion programs. Short-term grants do not, in most cases, cover the costs of food or beverages for receptions or other social events.
  • Mini-grants and resource grants range from $100 to $1,500 or more, depending upon the state’s guidelines and the purpose of the grant. Matching funds or in-kind contributions are often required for state humanities council grants.
  • Application deadlines for short-term grants vary from state to state. In general, state humanities councils ask that mini-grant applications be received from six to ten weeks before a program is to begin. Some states also award one-time grants of a few hundred dollars that can be applied for at any time.
  • Contact your state humanities council for short-term grant guidelines and application requirements.
  • For a list of state humanities councils or information on your state humanities council, contact:
    The Federation of State Humanities Councils
    1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 902
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Tel.: 703-908-9700
    Fax: 703-908-9706