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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits
and Tribes for Humanities Activities

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Oregon Humanities (OH)

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Deadline Date:

12/04/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and tribes for a wide variety of humanities activities and programs. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal and are advised that required registrations may take up to 60 days to complete. Public Program Grants support programs that explore challenging questions and strive for just communities. A minimum of 60 percent of awarded funds will go to organizations that meet the qualification of being based in and led by rural communities and/or communities of color.

Oregon Humanities has limited grant funds to award and is committed to funding programming that centers those most impacted by a topic in order to elevate perspectives that have historically been undervalued—particularly programming based in and led by rural communities and/or communities of color. Programs can be in multiple languages or be in a language other than English. 

Oregon Humanities funds a wide variety of programs and activities. For example: community dialogues, lectures, online engagements, storytelling formats that center undertold experiences, programming connecting exhibits to current experiences, culturally specific and intercultural events. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Humanities encourage applicants to follow the State of Oregon social distancing requirements and to articulate alternate program plans where relevant, such as virtual programming back up plans, rotating participants, or limited in-person participation.

All program subjects and formats must align with the following criteria:

  • Centering those most affected: Program planning, topics, content, and outreach should respond to and engage with the life experiences, perspectives, and knowledge held by those most impacted by the topic.
  • Help communities explore complex topics: Program format and content should help participants deepen their understanding of the topic and its complexities. Organizations should demonstrate why they are the ones to be leading this programming on the topic.
  • Build community voice and power: Programming should demonstrate a strategy to amplify the perspectives and life experiences of those most impacted by the program’s topic and build toward addressing complex topics with actionable steps identified by the organization along with the community.
  • Timely and Responsive: Program topic should demonstrate relevance to or feedback from the community and the intended audience(s) of the program.

Requested Oregon Humanities funding may support program-related expenses that may include but aren’t limited to supplies and materials, project management salaries, printing and duplication, and ADA access. Additionally, applicants may request an indirect cost rate of up to 10 percent of the total request to Oregon Humanities. These costs may include but aren’t limited to payroll processing and audit fees and office equipment purchases or maintenance not directly related to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146521

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are between $2,000 and $10,000. In the past, the average grant size has been $5,500.

Term of Contract:

All program expenses and activities must take place after March 1, 2021 and during the grant period defined in the proposal by the applicant. Grant periods begin on the first day of the month during which expenses are incurred or activities take place and end on the last day of the month during which expenses and activities cease. Note that all programming must be completed by February 28, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Be incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Oregon or be a federally recognized tribe in Oregon. Nonprofit applicants can be registered as a 501(c)(3) organization located in Oregon or be registered with the State of Oregon as a charitable organization. All awardees must be able to complete an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) W-9 form in order to receive payment from Oregon Humanities:
- Have an organizational budget under $1.5 million for the last completed fiscal year if the applicant is not a federally recognized tribe.
- Obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register with the System for Award Management (SAM).
- Have successfully closed out all prior Public Program Grants with Oregon Humanities prior to the Letter of Interest deadline. It is OK to have an open Responsive Program Grant that is in good standing.
- Not have received Oregon Humanities Public Program Grants consecutively in the previous two cycles. Organizations awarded a Public Program Grant in both 2019 and 2020 are not eligible to apply for a 2021 Public Program Grant and must wait until the 2022 grant cycle to be eligible to apply again.
- Only submit one Public Program Grant application per cycle.

Organizations may apply as coapplicants if both meet eligibility requirements above. Co-applicant organizations assume cost-sharing responsibilities for program revenue and/or expenses.

Organizations that are not nonprofits may apply using a fiscal sponsor if the fiscal sponsor meets the eligibility requirements above. Fiscal sponsoring organizations may have a budget over $1.5 million but cannot have a role in planning, coordination, or delivery of the program associated with the grant. Fiscal sponsors must be incorporated as nonprofits in the state of Oregon or be one of Oregon’s federally recognized tribes. Please contact Oregon Humanities prior to initiating a grant proposal to discuss fiscal sponsorships.

Not Funded:
All Public Program Grant funds awarded by Oregon Humanities are federal in origin. They cannot support lobbying or fundraising activities; unallowable costs such as alcohol, entertainment, or first-class travel; or activities that advocate for a particular political or social party's agenda or call to action.

In addition, Public Program Grants do not fund the following:
- The production and creation of films, visual arts, performances, books, and publications
- Host fees for Conversation Project events, fees for Facilitation Training by Oregon Humanities, or other Oregon Humanities programming
- Scholarships, fellowships, or awards
- Ticket fees
- Capital projects (i.e., renovation or purchase of buildings or land)
- Programs that do not meet the nondiscrimination statutes of Oregon Humanities

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Interest are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Timeline and Grant Periods:
- Letter of interest submitted online by 11:59 p.m. October 20, 2020
- Invitation for full proposal announced by November 6, 2020
- Full proposals submitted online by 11:59 p.m. December 4, 2020
- Award decisions announced by mid-February 2021
- Funded programming can begin after March 1, 2021

A requirement for all applicants of federal funds is to register with the System of Award Management (SAM) at SAM is a web-based, government-wide application that collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the federal government's trading partners in support of the contract awards, grants, and electronic payment processes. If you have not registered with SAM, your organization will be required to submit a notarized letter stating you are the authorized entity administrator before SAM will activate your registration in For organizations that have registered for a SAM account in the past but have not renewed their registration within the past year, you will need an active registration to receive an award. For organizations who have never registered for a SAM, the process can take up to 60 days. It is important to begin this process while completing your Letter of Interest application because you will be required to produce proof of registration with SAM to submit a full proposal.

Oregon Humanities Public Program Grant requests should not constitute more than fifty percent of your program budget. All grant awards must be matched at least 1:1 with earned, contributed, or in-kind support from the applicant or coapplicant.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions about the application process please contact

If you have questions or need assistance at any time please contact Jennifer Alkezweeny

Grant Coverage Areas:

Oregon Humanities uses the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s definition of rural as locations in Oregon ten or more miles from the center of a population center of 40,000 people or more. See this list of zip codes to determine if your organization, program, and services are located in a rural area:

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