Humanities project funding has been the cornerstone of HumanitiesDC’s activities since its founding in 1980. HumanitiesDC awards dozens of grants each year for exciting public humanities projects.
DC DOCS Partnership Grant
DC DOCS provides financial and capacity building resources to established filmmakers interested in telling a humanities story about Washington, DC through a documentary short film. Potential projects must incorporate relevant humanities scholarship into the stories that they tell. Selected partners will have an opportunity to work in conjunction with the HumanitiesDC grants team to provide targeted support to build their capacity throughout the life of the project.
DC Community Heritage Project Grant
The DC Community Heritage Project puts the power of the past in the hands of the local historians who preserve, protect, and live it every day! Since 2007, these small grants have afforded communities, neighborhood organizations, churches, and others the chance to tell their stories through public humanities projects such as: written publications, documentary films, websites, lesson plans, tours, and many more.
DC Oral History Collaborative Partnership Grants
The DC Oral History Collaborative is an ambitious city-wide initiative to document and preserve the history of Washington’s residents and communities through the collection of oral histories. The project will survey and publicize existing oral history collections, provide grants and training for scholars and amateur historians to launch new oral history projects, and contribute to an interactive, accessible platform where the city’s memories can benefit residents and scholars for generations to come.
Humanitini Curator Grant
HumanitiesDC is offering fellowships to graduate students and young professional scholars. Each fellow will create a public humanities program based on their research or area of expertise, in conjunction with a community partner. The public programs will follow HumanitiesDC’s successful Humanitini model that brings thoughtful humanities discussions to Washington, DC’s happy-hour scene.
Humanities Vision Partnership Grant
Humanities Vision Grant provides financial and capacity building resources to community organizations interested in creating innovative interpretations of humanities scholarship for public audiences. The grants are driven by the proposed final product; each grant will produce an educational resource that will be added to a publicly accessible, online archive.
Soul of the City Partnership Grant
Soul of the City is designed to provide young people, ages 14 to 19, an opportunity to explore the role of the Humanities in asking and answering critical questions about the world. The Soul of the City grant encourages the development and execution of a high-quality, national model level, Humanities-driven, youth engagement program. This award recognizes innovative models that center the empowerment and meaningful engagement of young people through programs and projects that build civic engagement, leadership skills, and employ social emotional learning, engaged scholarship, and experiential learning.
Voices from the Frontline Small Grant
Our new Voices from the Frontline Small Grant opportunity seeks to gather projects and initiatives to document and preserve the stories of individuals who been on the metaphorical or literal frontlines of recent major historical events. This may include, but is not limited to, recent struggles for racial justice, the fight against COVID-19, and the 2020 election. These stories may document food and supply shortages, they may document marches, elections or voting experiences, they may be stories of work, they may be stories of family. Our aim is to create space for the Washington, DC community to preserve and interpret their collective memories.
Youth Media Literacy Grant
HumanitiesDC is proud to offer a new grant partnership opportunity. The Youth Media Literacy Grant is for organizations to develop media literacy curricula that can be used for either an in-school or out-of-school time program for students ages 12 to 18. Potential projects could include political cartooning workshops, field trips to working newsrooms, photojournalism investigations, or the creation of a student produced media literacy guide for their peers.