March 26, 2014
The Humanities Council has conducted its Soul of the City (SOTC) program for young people in DC since 2005, perfecting the core concept of teaching leadership through the humanities. Last year, we launched our first ever SOTC-based grant program, awarding $10,000 grants to Global Kids DC, the Latin American Youth Center, and the Ethiopian Community Center. Each grantee produced outstanding programming, adhering to the principles of SOTC while adding their own unique style and innovations. We are proud to announce that the grant will return for 2014, and we will accept applications now through May 9th! To begin an application, visit http://grantapplication.wdchumanities.org.
We will again offer three grants for youth-serving (approx. ages 14-19) humanities programs based on our successful Soul of the City program. In addition to the Humanities Council’s standard grant requirements and qualifications, applicants will be expected to address each of the core concepts of the Soul of the City program including:
1. Use humanities ideas, disciplines and concepts to help youth understand themselves and the human experience.
2. Provide real-world knowledge and skills to encourage youth to improve themselves and the world in which they live.
3. Demonstrate that participants will leave the program as confident, service-oriented leaders with increased communications and critical thinking skills.
To get a better understanding of these concepts and the application process, we highly recommend that all prospective grantees attend a Soul of the City grants workshop. Sessions will be held on April 15th and April 17th at the Humanities Council office and the Cleveland Park Library respectively.
The Soul of the City grant is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.