The North Carolina Humanities Council has been a leading humanities funder in North Carolina since 1972. We welcome public humanities project proposals that support free or low cost programs which address fundamental humanities questions about who we are and how we live together in the world we share.

Through our programs we foster the critical thinking and understanding 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 projects that explore North Carolina's rich diversity by examining the culture, traditions, and history of specific groups or which foster cross-cultural understanding.

The Council offers three standing grant categories:

How to Apply

Click here to preview the application form.

  1. Review the 2021 Grant Guidelines and the click on the grant category of interest above to read the request for proposals (RFP) as well as the submission deadlines.
  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 calls for grant proposals? 

We strongly recommend setting up a phone consultation with NCHC staff as you prepare your proposal. To discuss your project idea, the application process, or a draft proposal with one of our staff members please click here to schedule a phone consultation.

  • Please note: A phone consultation is a required part of the Large grant LOI submission process.
  • 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.

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