Grassroots Grants

Grassroots grants provide up to $3,500 for projects that connect the public to the humanities. Projects should deeply engage with a community.

  • Project formats include, but are not limited to: Lecture/discussion series, performance/discussions, exhibit/discussions, educator workshops, veterans programs, and film/video productions.
  • Typical eligible expenses include: Scholar stipends, travel expenses including meals and lodging, publicity, and certain other expenses connected with a project of limited scope.

The Council encourages competitive projects that:

  • Encourage partnerships with other institutions such as local cultural organizations, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, universities and community colleges, veterans’ centers, and libraries. 
  • Foster more informed and engaged citizens by using humanities-based cultural, historic and analytic frameworks.
  • Engage either deep, community-focused subjects that address topics that are relevant to the community and draw connections to broad themes or historical trends.

2018 Grassroots Grant Cycle Deadlines

Three Grassroots grants cycles are offered this year with the following deadlines. Projects should not begin less than eight weeks from the submission deadline.

  • Jan 29, 2018 midnight
  • April 13, 2018 midnight
  • Sept 7, 2018 midnight

How To Apply

  1. Please review the  Grant Proposal Guidelines before applying. 
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the application process.
  3. Get started on your application in our online application system.

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

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.

Decisions are typically announced a month after submission via our online application management system.