Public Humanities Grant is designed to support public programs that endeavor to include a clear and effective humanities purpose and focus.

The Public Humanities Grant application process is competitive.

Public Humanities Grant Requirements:

  • The project is done within a clear humanities context and content.
  • Duration of grant project may not exceed one year from the start date to the end date.
  • A humanities scholar or expert in the field with knowledge of the subject will need to be a part of the project.
    o A résumé is required for key project staff.
    o Letters of commitment from key project staff of their roles for the proposed project.
    o Clearly defined roles for all project staff.
  • A confirmed sponsoring organization.
    o Letter of commitment from the sponsoring organization’s executive director.
    o Sponsoring organization must have a D-U-N-S (Data Universal Numbering System) number.  D-U-N-S numbers are free and easily obtained from Dun & Bradstreet.  Most likely your organization already has a D-U-N-S number.  Be sure to confirm with your administrative or grants office.  For more information, go to
  • The opportunity for the general public to experience the program for free or at a nominal cost.
  • If there is cost for admission, at least one free public program to be presented.
    o A plan(s) for soliciting evaluations from the audience at the free public program, and from the results of the overall HCH-supported project.
  • Project programs should have concise plans for review.
    o A written plan of an exhibition, and the sample text from exhibit.
    o A script and treatment for documentary projects.
    o Structure of workshops and materials to be presented.
  • A concerted effort to publicize the program(s) made available through the grant project.
  • A Final Report submitted at the end of the grant project.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit organizations serving the general public of Hawai‘i.
  • Public institutions serving the general public of Hawai‘i.

Ineligible Applicants:

  • Individuals.

HCH does NOT award Public Humanities Grants for:

  • Projects that do not incorporate a clear humanities context and content;
  • Creative or performing arts projects;
  • Political advocacy, or lobbying;
  • Social, psychological, legal or health services, training or counseling programs;
  • Reception, food, leis, and entertainment;
  • Administrative overhead;
  • Building construction and operating costs;
  • Purchase of property and buildings;
  • Fundraising projects.

Public Humanities Grant applications may be submitted at any of the two application deadlines per year.  

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