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Grants

Oklahoma Humanities 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.

Oklahoma Humanities grant applications are submitted via our online grant management system. Please review all grant guidelines and budget instructions (included below) before applying. Although no letter of inquiry is required, we encourage you to contact staff before applying to discuss your programming goals and ideas.

To fulfill the mission of Oklahoma Humanities, 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: discussion programs, lectures, panel discussions, websites, audio or video productions, and exhibitions.

Are you considering applying for an Oklahoma Humanities grant to help fund a Chautauqua-style first person historical re-enactment program? Please click here to review the standards and expectations for these types of programs.

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Types of Grants and Deadlines

Major Grants

Award Level: Up to $10,000. Maximum outright award is $5,000; may be increased by an additional $5,000 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, April 1

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

Challenge Grants

Award Level: Up to $20,000; 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, April 1

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

Guidelines for Major/Challenge Grants 

Budget Instructions 

Budget for Major/Challenge Grants 

Opportunity Grants

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

Guidelines for Opportunity Grants 

Budget for Opportunity Grants 

 Application Statement of Understanding 

Scholar Research Grants 

Awarded to scholars who are residents of Oklahoma or are employed in Oklahoma, including independent scholars with or without academic affiliations. Award is for research taking place between December 15th and October 15th of the following year. 

Deadline: December 15

Guidelines for Research Grants 

Application Statement of Understanding

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Success Stories

“This program has been a great benefit to our organization, and we could not have done it without the support of Oklahoma Humanities.” - Ross Faith, Executive Director, Tulsa Debate League, commenting on the OH-funded program Immigration: A Public Debate with Students and Scholars

 

"The exposure to another culture's perspective opens new views in the community." This program brought “cultural exposure to philosophical concepts not readily available in Oklahoma." - participants at the OH-funded Sacred Arts of Tibet Sand Mandala and Lecture/Ritual Series hosted by Norman Cultural Connection

Disclaimer

All applicants (excluding Independent Research Scholars) 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 (866-705-5711) or the Internet (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform).

Oklahoma Humanities is also required to have all grant applicants register with the System for Award Management (SAM), a free registration for entities doing business involving U.S. federal government funding. Please visit https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ to register or to check your organization’s existing registration, and contact OH Program Officer Chris Carroll with any questions: chris@okhumanities.org or 405-235-0280.

 
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