Frequently Asked Questions

Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and institutions for humanities programs aimed at public audiences.

What are the humanities?

The humanities include but are not limited to the study of history; literature; modern and classical languages; linguistics; jurisprudence; philosophy; comparative religion; ethics; and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social sciences that employ qualitative approaches such as cultural anthropology, archaeology, and political science are considered part of the humanities, as are interdisciplinary areas such as women’s studies, American studies, and the study of folklore and folklife.

In elementary and secondary education, the humanities are found in social studies and English language-arts courses, as well as in advanced courses in history, literature, foreign languages, art or music history, and related subjects.

Projects may also apply humanities perspectives to current political, social, or economic concerns and issues.

Who qualifies as a scholar?

A humanities scholar is an individual with particular training or experience in one or more of the academic disciplines in the humanities. The typical qualifications are an advanced degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in a humanities field of study. However, individuals without an advanced degree may qualify as humanities scholars because of their accomplishments and/or methods of research, inquiry, and teaching.

What roles may scholars play?

Humanities scholars strengthen a project by providing broad humanistic perspectives as well as in-depth knowledge. They play many roles, including but not limited to:

  • helping conceive of and design a project
  • helping shape the content of an exhibition or other program
  • making public presentations or participating in panel discussions
  • writing critical and interpretive materials for brochures, script treatments, catalogues, etc.
  • performing specific services for the project director, such as reviewing exhibition text, script treatments, or copy for catalogues or brochures

What is the cost-share requirement? What is the difference between “cash” and “in-kind” contributions?

A grantee is required to share at least half of the total project costs. Sponsoring organizations can use cash and in-kind contributions to meet their cost-share requirement. In-kind contributions include donated services and goods, or the use of office space, equipment, telephones, and supplies. Cash contributions are the actual dollars or organizational resources assigned to a project. Put another way, when actual money changes hands and can be documented with receipts and canceled checks (as with salaries, equipment rental, postage, travel, etc.) that expense is considered in the "Cash" column. When goods or services are donated, as in the case of volunteer time, that amount is considered in the "In-Kind" column.

How often can an organization apply for funding? Can a group submit more than one proposal in a year?

We don't limit the frequency or number of applications, but we do try to spread out our grantmaking.

Should the budget cover the entire project or only that portion that Humanities Texas is being asked to fund?

The budget should provide a picture of the entire project, as well as the role of the Humanities Texas funds. When necessary, the project description should explain how funds will be raised for the entire project.

What is a grant period?

Your grant period should encompass all aspects of your project, from early promotion to final expenditures and evaluations. Grant periods always begin on the first day of the month and end on the last day. Grant periods may not exceed eighteen months.

Questions about Grants

Call 512.440.1991 or email

In 2012, Humanities Texas supported a public conference held at the University of Houston examining the achievements and legacy of civil-rights lawyer and diplomat Alonso S. Perales (left).
Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon exhibition
Humanities Texas supported public lectures held in conjunction with the exhibition "Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon," held at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in 2011-12.
The 3rd Biennial David B. Warren Symposium
The 2011 David B. Warren Symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas.