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.
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.
A humanities expert 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.
Humanities experts strengthen a project by providing broad humanistic perspectives as well as in-depth knowledge. They play many roles, including but not limited to:
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.
We don't limit the frequency or number of applications, but we will not award a proposal with a grant period that overlaps with an existing, open grant. See the grant period section below.
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 must range from two to twelve months. If you seek funding for multiple programs throughout the year, the proposed grant periods for those programs may not overlap.
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.
Fiscal sponsors are not eligible to receive Humanities Texas funding. The applicant organization must contribute substantively to the success of the program and will assume programmatic, financial, and legal responsibilities.