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Regular Grants


NOTE: Humanities Montana has entered a year focused on expanding development capacity and planning for a relaunch of our grants and programs during 2020. We will therefore suspend our regular and three-year sustaining grants for fiscal year 2019 (Nov 1, 2018-Oct 31, 2019). Already approved three-year sustaining grants will be honored.

We recognize this suspension may cause inconvenience for our many partners and humanists around the state. Please call Humanities Montana’s staff at 406-243-6022 to discuss this temporary change and other possible funders for your work.

Applicants seeking funding in excess of $1000 should apply for Regular Grants. (For requests of $1000 or less, applicants should apply for Opportunity Grants.)

Regular grant applications are reviewed three times per year. Application deadlines typically are:

Dec 20, Apr 20 & Aug 20 of the fiscal year in which the are awarded.

Sustaining Grants— i.e. grants to support ongoing projects year-over-year for three years—are reviewed only once per year, with an applications deadline of Dec 20. Applicants must receive approval from Humanities Montana staff to apply.

Before submitting an application, please read the grant guidelines. They contain important details about the application process and requirements. Then discuss your project with Humanities Montana staff. We will confirm whether your proposal meets the basic criteria, and will help ensure you submit a competitive application. Humanities Montana staff can guide you through the online application process, answer questions, review drafts, offer recommendations, and generally help you develop the strongest application possible.

Applications can be submitted online any time. However, the Humanities Montana board reviews applications and awards grants only periodically following each deadline.

The board reviews applications and awards grants on a competitive basis. It assesses proposals based on humanities content and participation by humanities scholars in planning and/or implementation of projects.

We encourage proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between humanities scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations (museums, libraries, schools, tribal organizations, etc.), and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

Humanities Montana only awards regular and major grants to organizations, not individuals. Eligible sponsoring organizations are listed in the grant guidelines.