Special Initiative Grants

Special Initiative Micro Grant Program Description:

As a part of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s 2018 special initiative, Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens, we are offering micro-grants of up to $1,000 for the implementation of projects related to the following humanistic question: “What does it mean to be an informed citizen in a democracy?”

The Council is particularly interested in program proposals that highlight the role of media and journalism in illuminating historical, social, and ethical issues critical to a flourishing, democratic society. The Council is particularly interested in applications from small and rural institutions.

Grant Period: Projects must take place May 1st 2018 – March 31st 2019

Submission: Applications are accepted beginning January 4th 2018 through February 26th 2018 at 5:00 PM, decisions announced by March 31st 2018.

Maximum Grant Request: $1,000

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Media Literacy
  • Civics/Civic Education
  • American Journalism – Its future, its role in democracy and community life at the local, state and national level
  • Political Science
  • History of democracy
  • These are just a few samples of project ideas, however, the Council welcomes creativity and innovation in grant proposals

Project formats include, but are not limited to: Lecture/discussion series, performance/discussions, community reads, exhibit/discussions, 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, journalists, 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.

How to Apply:

  1. Please review the Grant Proposal Guidelines before applying. We encourage you to reach out to our program staff as you develop your ideas. They can be reached at 704.687.1521.
  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. To be eligible for funding consideration, projects must take place May 1st 2018 – March 31st 2019. Please call our offices at 704.687.1520 if you have any questions.

EXTENDED: Applications are due by February 26th 2018 at 5:00 PM

Decisions will be announced by March 31st 2018 via our online grants management system.

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

 Project Planning Resources: