Soul of the City Partnership Grant


Request for Proposals


Soul of the City provides young people, ages 11 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 delivery of a high-quality humanities-driven youth engagement program. The award recognizes innovative models that empower and engage young people in programs that build civic engagement, critical thinking and leadership skills. This opportunity is part of the Humanities Grant Program supported with funding from the District of Columbia Government through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Awarded since 2014, Soul of the City grants provide communities, neighborhood organizations, churches and educational organizations the opportunity to work with young people through the humanities lens.

Prospective projects will:

  • be a dynamic curriculum with defined lessons
  • use the humanities to introduce young Washingtonians to the city’s local, national, and international dimensions
  • use humanities disciplines, concepts, ideas and methods to help participants
  • understand themselves and the human experience
  • provide tools to encourage youth participants to improve themselves and the world in which they live
  • produce confident, service-oriented leaders with increased communication and critical thinking skills

Applications are accepted in June and awardees are announced in August. Applicants may request up to $30,000 and must complete their project by February 2022. Applications must identify a scholar and how s/he will advise the project through the grant cycle. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to the DC Digital Museum.

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Grants Manager: Andrea Carroll McNeil

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This award is granted with funds from the Washington, DC government via the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Humanities Grant Program.