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Grants

Oklahoma Humanities Council grant applications are submitted via the council's online grant management system. Please review all grant guidelines and budget instructions before applying. Although no letter of inquiry is required, we encourage you to contact staff before applying to discuss your programming goals and ideas. 

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OHC grants encourage cultural programming on the local level across the state. Eligible projects must support the council's mission to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.

To fulfill the mission of OHC, funded projects should fall under at least one of the following grant categories.
1. The Human Experience: These projects explore culture and history through time and place.
2. We the People: These projects explore cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious diversity.
3. The Public Square: These projects explore current events, divergent opinions, public policy, civics, or justice.

Projects may be structured in a variety of ways: conferences, lectures, panel discussions, websites, audio or video productions, and exhibitions. Click here to see grants awarded for 2012-2013.

Major Grants

Award Level: Up to $8,500 Maximum outright award is $5,000; may be increased by $3,500 with the Matching Gifts program. Applicants must allow at least 90 days between the final application deadline and the date of the proposed program or presentation.

Spring Deadline: Mandatory draft, March 1 – Final, March 15

Fall Deadline: Mandatory draft, August 1 – Final, August 15

Challenge Grants

Award Level: Up to $15,000; offers matching funds only, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, for gifts raised from eligible third-party donors. Applicants must allow at least 90 days between the final application deadline and the date of the proposed program or presentation.

Spring Deadline: Mandatory draft, March 1 – Final, March 15

Fall Deadline: Mandatory draft, August 1 – Final, August 15

Guidelines for Major/Challenge Grants | Budget Instructions | Budget for Major/Challenge Grants |

Application and Reporting Documents 

Media Production Statement (Media Grants only) | Application Statement of Understanding | Major and Challenge Grant Certification of Final Report

 

Opportunity Grants – Award Level: Up to $1,000

Deadline: Applications are due a minimum of 40 days before your program begins.

Guidelines for Opportunity Grants | Budget for Opportunity Grants

Application and Reporting Documents

Opportunity Grant Certification of Final Report | Application Statement of Understanding

 

Scholar Research Grants – Award Level: $500

Awarded to scholars who are residents of Oklahoma or are employed in Oklahoma, including independent scholars with or without academic affiliations.
Deadline: December 15

Guidelines for Research Grants | Proposed Budget for Research Grants |

Application and Reporting Documents

Application Statement of Understanding - INSTITUTION | Application Statement of Understanding - Independent Scholar | Certification of Final Report -INSTITUTION | Certification of Final Report - Independent Scholar

Apply for an OHC Grant

Please note: All applicants are required to report their unique DUNS number on all applications. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is the nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities. A DUNS number may be obtained from D&B by telephone (currently 866-705-5711) or the Internet (currently at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform).

Spring Deadline: Mandatory draft, March 1 – Final, March 15

Fall Deadline: Mandatory draft, August 1 – Final, August 15

Spring Deadline: Mandatory draft, March 1 – Final, March 15

Fall Deadline: Mandatory draft, August 1 – Final, August 15

Spring Deadline: Mandatory draft, March 1 – Final, March 15

Fall Deadline: Mandatory draft, August 1 – Final, August 15