Humanities Texas requests proposals for public humanities programs from community colleges. Programs should be firmly grounded in the humanities and 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. Applicants are especially encouraged to conduct programming that fosters connections between the college and its community.


Awards will range from $2,000 to $20,000. Partial awards are possible.

How To Apply

Please follow the instructions for applying for a Humanities Texas Major Grant. Ensure your institution is registered with our grants portal and submit your application there. U.S.-accredited public or 501(c)(3) private community colleges and post-secondary two-year institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Application Deadlines and Instructions

Please submit a letter of intent by August 15, 2024. Applications must be submitted on or before September 15, 2024. Grant programs must start on or after January 1, 2025. Grant periods can range from two to twelve months. Follow the submission instructions detailed in our guidelines. Staff will invite major grant applicants on the basis of a submitted and eligible letter of intent.

Award Decisions

The Humanities Texas Board of Directors reviews major grant proposals. Programs 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. Refer to the rubric for more information on how grant applications are scored.

Previously Awarded Grants

South Texas College, She Roars: A Series of Lectures, Workshops, and Exhibitions Celebrating Women's Contributions to the Humanities
In March 2023, South Texas College held a series of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions during Women's History Month. Activities included keynote lectures from award-winning author and illustrator Angela Dominguez, in addition to talks from scholars Mariana Allesandri and Miriam Cepeda, who spoke about the achievements of author and poet Gloria Anzaldúa and early female pioneers in stained glass production, respectively. Events were free and open to the public and took place at various centrally located public spaces throughout the campus.

Kilgore College, East Texas Oil Museum Educational Outreach Program for Fourth Grade Texas History
In 2021, Kilgore College and the East Texas Oil Museum produced fourth-grade, TEKS-aligned lesson plans for local teachers based on museum materials. The lessons were created to be used in conjunction with school museum visits, but they also served as standalone teaching resources and were provided for free online in both English and Spanish.

Lone Star College-Tomball, Gilbert and Sullivan: The Culture of Victorian England and the Development of Musical Comedy
In 2020, Lone Star College-Tomball hosted a series of events that explored the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and the Victorian era. Lectures were given by humanities scholars and theater practitioners. The program also included an abbreviated performance of The Pirates of Penzance and a Victorian Christmas festival.

Ineligible Requests

  • Projects centered on pedagogical theory and strategies or research on educational methods
  • Teaching of basic foreign language skills
  • Individual research
  • Work undertaken in pursuit of an academic degree
  • Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
  • Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action or support of a public policy
  • Projects that fall outside of the humanities; the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; policy studies; and social science research that does not address humanistic questions and/or utilize humanistic methods


Please direct questions to the Humanities Texas grants staff at You can also book a phone call or Zoom meeting online.

Promotion for She Roars: A Series of Lectures, Workshops, and Exhibitions Celebrating Women's Contributions to the Humanities.
Historical display at the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College.
Promotion for Gilbert and Sullivan: The Culture of Victorian England and the Development of Musical Comedy.