Grants

Important Update

Beginning on April 4, 2022, all organizations applying for grants from Humanities Texas must have a SAM.gov Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and be actively registered on www.SAM.gov. Your organization cannot receive an award without provision of this SAM UEI. Check your organization’s account on www.SAM.gov or create a new account on www.SAM.gov to receive a SAM UEI.

How to Apply for Mini and Major Grants
 

Humanities Texas awards grants to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities to support a wide range of public programs: lectures, panel discussions, and conferences; teacher institutes; reading- and film-discussion groups; interpretive exhibits; television and radio programming; film production; and interactive multimedia programming.

All funded programs are firmly grounded in the humanities and are directed to the general public, both adults and young people, outside of the regular school or college classroom. Programs targeting special audiences such as K–12 teachers, ethnic and community groups, or professional groups are also welcome.


Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations and state and local governmental entities are eligible to receive Humanities Texas support. Applicants must have an account on the System for Award Management (SAM) and have a Unique Entity ID (UEI).

Grant Formats

Mini-grants

Mini-grants fund up to $1,500 of the costs associated with public humanities programs. These small grants—which are easy to apply for and administer, and are available on a rolling basis throughout the year—are particularly appropriate for funding a speaker and/or the rental of a traveling exhibition, including those provided by Humanities Texas. Before submitting a mini-grant application for a Humanities Texas exhibition rental, please complete our online rental form

Major grants for community projects

Major grants for community projects fund comprehensive public programs such as lectures, seminars, and conferences; book and film discussions; interpretive exhibitions and materials; town forums and civic discussions; and teacher workshops. Programs should reflect substantial participation by both humanities scholars and members of the target audience(s).

Major grants for media projects

Major grants for media projects fund film, radio, television, or interactive programming related to the humanities. Applicants may request funds for any phase of the project, including scripting, development, production, post-production, and in some cases, distribution and free public screenings. Humanities scholars should play an integral role in determining the content and approach of the project.

Application Deadlines

Mini-grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but applications must be received at least six weeks before project promotion begins. Decisions are made within ten business days of an application’s arrival in the Humanities Texas office.

Major grant applications are accepted twice each year. The spring deadline is March 15; the fall deadline is September 15. If the deadline falls on a weekend, then the postmark deadline falls on the following Monday. Major grant applicants must submit preliminary materials in the form of a Letter of Intent or draft application one month prior to submitting a final application: the spring deadline is February 15 and the fall deadline is August 15.

 Fall Major Cycle   
Spring Major Cycle  
Letter of intent / Draft application dueAugust 15February 15
Final application dueSeptember 15March 15
Estimated decision dateDecember 1June 1
Estimated notification dateDecember 15June 15
Projects must begin on or afterJanuary 1July 1

 

Grant Guidelines and Application Forms

Download all essential application materials. Please contact our staff if you would like us to send you paper copies of any of the files available here.

Assistance in Applying

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Humanities Texas prior to submitting an application. Use the materials below as guides when preparing your application.

Mini-grants

Major grants

How Funding Decisions Are Made

The Humanities Texas Board of Directors reviews major grant proposals; the executive director and staff, with the authorization of the Board, review mini-grants. Projects are evaluated on the basis of Humanities Texas's organizational mission and grants guidelines. Of particular importance are the quality of each project's conception and design, the strength of its humanities component, and the extent to which it will meet the particular intellectual, cultural, or professional needs and interests of its target audience(s) in Texas. Priority is given to applications from Texas-based sponsoring organizations.

Meet with a Grants Team Member

Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Deadline for letters of intent/draft applications for fall 2022 major grants: August 15, 2022
  • Final postmark deadline for fall 2022 major grants: September 15, 2022
  • Fall 2022 programs must begin on January 1, 2023 or later.
  • Mini-grants (ongoing)

Other Questions?

Call 512.440.1991 or email grants@humanitiestexas.org

In June 2021, the University of Texas at San Antonio hosted a TEKS-aligned Mexican American Studies workshop for high school teachers. This project was supported in part by a major grant.
Trio Paseador Hidalguense performs at the sixth annual Texas Fiddling Festival and Symposium at the historic Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco in December 2021. Hosted by Texas Folklife, this program received a major grant.
A major grant supported Fort Bend Connection, a multimedia educational offering on Texas history from Fort Bend History Association. It includes a podcast series, video series, and TEKS-aligned curriculum packages and classroom activity boxes.
With a major grant, the San Antonio Conservation Society partnered with the San Antonio African American Museum and Archives to produce a video series about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in San Antonio and Texas.