The Council welcomes project proposals that support free, public programs addressing fundamental questions about who we are and how we live in the world we share. The Council's programs emphasize critical thinking skills essential for all citizens to be able to participate in our democracy. North Carolinians of every walk of life, hue, and creed engage in these activities by examining what we value, how we relate to each other, how we cope with change, and how we express ourselves. In particular, the Council encourages programs that explore North Carolina's rich diversity by examining the culture and traditions of specific groups as well as programs that foster cross-cultural understanding.

The Council offers three standing grant categories:

How to Apply

  1. Review the category descriptions for grant you plan to apply for and review the Council's Grant Proposal Guidelines
  2. Watch this video Tutorial on how to apply using our online application system or download these instructions
  3. Get started on your application in our online application system.
    • A. If you are new to the online systemplease create an account prior to applying. Once you have created your account and are logged in to your Applicant Dashboard, click "Apply" in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities. Please bookmark the login page for ease of access.
    • B. If you have previously created an accountplease click here to login. Once on your Applicant Dashboard click "Apply" in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities. Please bookmark the login page for ease of access.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Submission of an application does not guarantee approval.

Did you know the Council provides staff consultation sessions for grant proposals? 

We recommend setting up a consultation with NCHC staff as you prepare your proposal. If you would like to discuss your project idea, the application process, or a draft proposal with one of our staff members please call 704.687.1520 to set up a time for consultation.

Please note: staff feedback/commentary on an applicant's specific proposal draft is available upon request until 2 weeks prior to a submission deadline.

The Council also offers five council-conducted programs and three awards. Click here to learn more about our programs and how to bring the public humanities to your community.