This is our broadest ranging grant, and we hope this invites creative approaches to public humanities programming. We actively welcome exciting and engaging programs seeking to promote deep thinking, conversation, and connection on issues that impact our communities in Hawaiʻi.
A strong public humanities project has humanities leadership who helps to shape, deepen, and evaluate the community program. This could be a scholar or archivist or librarian in a humanities field, or a recognized cultural consultant/practitioner. Having humanities leadership on your project by someone recognized among their peers and community will make your grant application more competitive.
A strong public humanities program benefits from a strong outreach and engagement plan and collaboration with community partners. Working closely with community partners will make your application more competitive.
We think of a humanities method as one that reaches for questions more than answers, and helps us think and wonder and explore together. Here are a few humanities questions that inspire our program work at Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities:
A portion of your humanities program must be open to the general public.
Humanities Leadership (REQUIRED)
A strong humanities project should include project personnel that provides guidance, rigor, and analysis, to develop a public program with depth, context, and complexity (i.e., multiple perspectives, connection to larger history, etc.). The Project Director can also be the Humanities Leadership. At least one Humanities Leadership name and a letter of commitment explaining their support, role, and commitment is required.
We encourage originality and imagination in your public program plans. Please note that while grant funds can be used to help create a resource (ex. book project, documentary film, curriculum, oral history project, exhibition, etc.), a good portion of the grant should be used for humanities informed programs open to the general public that broaden perspectives, enrich lives and strengthen communities.
Organization’s Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM)
Because our grants are federal in origin, your organization is required to be registered in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM). Your registration, which is renewed annually, must be currently active at the time of your application. Your UEI registration must be open for public searches. As part of the application review process, we will search and access your organization’s information to confirm the registration status. If we cannot access your UEI (SAM) your application may be disqualified.
Your organization (or grant applying entity) may already be registered in the SAM system and have a UEI. Your executive administrators should know about your organization’s SAM account and its current registration status, so be sure to check with them.
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It is highly recommended that you contact Stacy Hoshino, director of Community Grants, to consult with about your project at email@example.com or (808) 469-4551.
A Letter of Inquiry (REQUIRED)
Our grants application process is competitive. To learn more about our Grants Program, the requirements, and your eligibility, please refer to our FAQs webpage.
The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is your first opportunity to tell us about your project idea. It is also the first step to help you determine whether organization meets the application requirements and if your project is:
*Incomplete or inaccurate information may disqualify your application from the review process.
CLICK HERE for a downloadable preview of the application. CLICK HERE to apply. We encourage all applicants to visit Some of Our Fabulous Grantees section to gain a broader perspective on the type and range of grants made in recent years.