We are pleased to announce that our grant workshop schedule for Soul of the City and Open Humanities Grants is now active! If you have an idea for funding, we encourage you to attend one of our workshops to find out if you can get funding. Take a look below at our upcoming opportunities!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2016

·       OPEN Humanities Grants Workshop (webinar) 12- 1 p.m.

Thursday, January 12, 2016

·       SOTC Grant Workshop (webinar) 12- 1 p.m.

·        OPEN Humanities Grants Workshop (BENNING LIBRARY) 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17, 2016

·       SOTC Grant Workshop (Watha T. Daniel – Shaw Library) face-to-face – 12- 1 p.m.

·       OPEN Humanities Grants Workshop (HumanitiesDC office- 925 U Street, NW) face-to-face – 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2016

·       OPEN Humanities Grants Workshop (webinar) 12- 1 p.m.

·       SOTC Grants Workshop (TENLEY-FRIENDSHIP LIBRARY)- 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

Not sure which program is right for you? Here’s a quick overview.

Open Humanities Grants – $5,000-$15,000

Final Application due First Friday in March 2017

This grant funds projects intended to bring the humanities disciplines to the people of Washington, DC. For the first time we do not require a Preliminary Application. The applicants will receive feedback from the HumanitiesDC Grant Director upon request following the scheduled workshops and prior to the submission of the final proposal.  Applicants can check our events page for upcoming grants workshops and webinars. (www.wdchumanities.org)


Soul of the City Youth Program Grant- $10,000

Final Application due First Friday in March 2017

This program seeks youth leadership organizations interested in replicating our successful Soul of the City model. This youth program grant is awarded to organizations providing humanities programs for youth ages 14-19 in the District of Columbia.  SOTC encourages young people to view their city, their country and their world in new ways and prepares them for leadership.   Each grant is guided by a prospectus ensuring that all programs:

  • Use humanities ideas, disciplines and concepts to help youth understand themselves and the human experience.
  • Provide tools to encourage youth to improve themselves and the world in which they live.
  • Produce confident, service-oriented leaders with increased communications and critical thinking skills.


Need to know more? Here are some other changes and highlights from our Open Humanities Grant Cycle.:

  1. Open Humanities Grants are now available in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on your need.
  2. The Open Humanities Grants comprise our main grant cycle in 2017 and include our Soul of the City grant.
    3. Preliminary Proposals and Letters of Intent are not required.
    4. First-time applicants will be required to attend a workshop—schedule coming soon!
    5. Applications will be available starting January 4th, 2017. The final deadline will be March 3rd.

Contact our Director of Grants, Louis Hicks, to find out more. He can be reached by email at lhicks@wdchumanities.org, or by phone at 202-387-8391.

We look forward to working with you to celebrate the heritage and culture of our nation’s capital!