Large Grants

The Council’s Large grants connect the public and quality scholarship through programs that respond to community interest, encourage dialogue, and stimulate audiences to think critically about a broad range of humanities topics. Large grant funded projects engage diverse audiences in the exploration of their personal and collective stories, asking fundamental questions about identity, work and culture. By providing a larger cultural, historical, and analytical framework, this grant category fosters more informed, understanding, and engaged citizens, thereby transforming lives and communities. Additionally, Large grant projects should encourage long-term collaborations and partnerships at the local, state and/or national level.

  • The Large grant category provides funds for humanities projects of extended scope that involve both humanities scholars and wide, community-based public audiences. Please see our Grant Proposal Guidelines for eligible expenses.
  • Project formats can include, but are not limited to: Lecture/discussion series, performance/discussions, exhibit/discussions, educator workshops, veterans programs, and film/video productions.

The Council encourages competitive projects that:

  • Include complementary components that deepen an audience’s understanding of a subject: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs.
  • Forge partnerships with other institutions such as local cultural alliances, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, university humanities programs, 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 or large national/regional projects.
    • To be competitive for funding, locally-focused projects should address topics that are relevant to the community and draw connections to broad themes or historical trends. 

Maximum request: $20,000.


2018 Large Grant Cycle Deadlines:

Letter of Intent Submission (mandatory): March 9, 2018 at midnight (preview the LOI online form DO NOT submit the sample PDF to the Council, you MUST submit the LOI form through the online portal)

Final Proposals (by invitation): May 31, 2018 at midnight (this is an online form)

  • We strongly recommend that you begin your online form 2 weeks prior to the Letter of Intent due date. For technical assistance with your application please call 704.687.1520.
  • Large grant projects should not begin earlier than October 2018
  • Final proposals will be reviewed at the Board of Trustees’ meeting and awards will be announced in September 2018.


Submission Instructions

  1. Please review the Grant Proposal Guidelines before applying. Please review eligible grant expenses carefully.
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the process.
  3. Get started on your LOI in our online application system.
    • A. If you are new to the online system, please 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 account, please 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.