New Mexico Humanities Council Grants ProgramDeadline: September 10, 2019
The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) provides funding for quality humanities programs which are enjoyed by diverse public audiences across New Mexico. The humanities examine the human condition with particular emphasis on: the liberal arts; the cultural implications of the natural sciences, social sciences, and professions associated with such fields; and individual self-expressions that deal with abiding and perennial questions. The humanities facilitate ways of understanding and evaluating the human experience.
Projects funded by NMHC should meet the following guidelines:
- Involvement of Humanities Scholars: Humanities scholars play central roles in all phases of a project – planning, presentation, and evaluation. They participate as professional scholars drawing upon their academic expertise. Professional humanities scholars have advanced training – usually advanced degrees – in a humanities discipline and are active professionally in the humanities as researchers, teachers, writers, or community scholars. The best public humanities programs involve participation by both academic and community, or organic scholars. Community scholars include persons grounded (experienced) in the humanities, acknowledged/recognized by their peers and their communities, to include (but not limited to) community historians, cultural specialists, tradition bearers, and others working in a non-academic setting.
- Humanities Content: The humanities are central to activities funded by NMHC. Projects focus on one or more of the humanities disciplines, or on applying the methods of the humanities, such as critical thinking, analysis, and interpretation to current social or public policy issues and concerns. Funded projects might include components which do not involve the humanities, provided they are subordinate to activities which do use the humanities.
- Balance of Viewpoints: Projects provide a balanced treatment of different viewpoints, especially projects dealing with controversial contemporary issues. Projects are required to avoid advocacy and bias in their overall design.
- Public Audiences: Projects involve and address out-of-school adults and families as their primary audience. This may, however, include specific audiences such as professional, civic, ethnic, and community groups, but events must be open to the public. Planned events and activities offer opportunities for audience engagement. Publicity is targeted to the intended audience and may include community flyers or mailers, social media and press releases to diverse media.
Amount: The average amount granted by NMHC is $5,500. Project budget must show a minimum 1:1 match of funds requested provided through matching cash, in-kind donations (services, goods, or volunteers’ time), third-party cash, or project income.
Eligibility: NMHC is authorized to award grants to private, nonprofit organizations in good standing including institutions of higher education and state, local, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Organizations or groups that apply for funding must be constituted for nonprofit purposes, but it is not necessary that they be incorporated or have tax-exempt status. Applicants or sponsor organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number registered and active on www.sam.gov website.