Large Grants

The North Carolina Humanities Council has been a leading humanities funder in North Carolina since 1972. Our Large Grant funding opportunity provides up to $20,000 to support public humanities projects of a wide or extended scope. Projects are expected to connect the public to quality humanities scholarship through programs that respond to community interest, encourage dialogue, and stimulate audiences to think critically about a broad range of humanities topics.

Please read our Request for Proposals (RFP) document for detailed instructions on eligibility and our funding areas.

2021 Large Grant Cycle Deadlines:

The Large Grant application process consists of two phases, a Letter of Intent and an Application.

Letter of Intent (mandatory): April 22, 2021 by 11:59 PM (this is an online form)

Final Proposals (by invitation): July 12, 2021 by 11:59 PM (this is an online form)

  • We strongly recommend that you begin your online form 3 weeks prior to the Letter of Intent due date. For technical assistance with your application please call 704.687.1521.
  • Large grant projects should not begin earlier than November 1st 2021
  • Final proposals will be reviewed at the Board of Trustees’ meeting and awards will be announced in September 2021.

Submission Instructions

  1. Please review the 2021 Grant 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 proposal 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.
  4. Schedule a phone consultation with Council staff as you prepare your proposal. Please note it is required to have a consultation prior to submission of an LOI. Click here to schedule.
  5. Submit your proposal by the deadline. Please note, activities for which you are requesting funding should begin no sooner than 11/1.

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

Please note: while we are always available for questions, a full staff review of an applicant's draft proposal is only available upon request until 3 weeks prior to a submission deadline.