About Our Grantmaking

Every year HumanitiesDC awards approximately one million dollars to DC residents, groups and organizations through a series of community grant opportunities to support exciting public humanities endeavors that bring people together to explore the history, culture, relationships and topics that shape our city’s communities.

HumanitiesDC has given me the support that I need to celebrate my community, to say Thank You and give back. I have really enjoyed this entire experience and so have my neighbors.

– Paul Grant, Grantee

Our Funding Goals

We design and conduct our grantmaking with these primary goals in mind:

Help all DC residents, and those connected to our city, participate in and learn about our collective heritage and culture, with a particular focus on the experiences, areas and voices that have been excluded from public conversation.

Provide opportunities to use the humanities as a tool to explore and bring attention to non-humanities topics (i.e., climate-change, the sciences, urban development).

Strengthen our overall humanities community by supporting individual scholars, community experts, and humanities-based organizations.

Encourage civic engagement, leadership and activism by supporting local residents interested in organizing community dialogue and relationship building.

Our Grantmaking Practice

At HumanitiesDC we strive to:

  • Make our grantmaking process transparent and accessible;
  • Respect our applicants, grantees and reviewers throughout the process, and;
  • Be responsible fiscal stewards of the funds we manage.

Our Grantmaking Process

This is how we plan to conduct our grantmaking each year. Changes may occur based on the availability to regrant.

If you have a question about our grantmaking process please reach out to our Grants Team at grants@humanitiesdc.org.


Post our annual schedule, which includes two grant cycles – so that perspective applicants can plan accordingly;


Distribute Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and open our online application for each grant opportunity at least 6 weeks before applications are due;


Offer applicants including: general information webinars, one-on-one office hours with grant managers and responses to Frequently Asked Questions;


Facilitate an external review process that uses community mem bers and humanities scholars as our reviewers. To learn how to be a reviewer click here;


Inform applicants about their status no more than 3 months after applications are submitted; grant recipients will be awarded funds once they become available to HumanitiesDC;


Survey applicants, grantees and reviewers to obtain feedback and refine our process.

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