As the National Endowment for the Humanities-designated state humanities council for Washington, DC, HumanitiesDC is a leader in serving the District, its residents, and the cultural organizations and scholars who enrich the tapestry of our diverse community.
HumanitiesDC doesn’t just provide funding to grantees; we specialize in helping grantees as they move through the process, giving them advice, support and resources to produce archival-quality research. Upon completion of the project, HumanitiesDC offers our expertise and extensive contacts to publicize it, sharing it with community members, academics, elected officials and leaders. And finally, HumanitiesDC will archive the project on the DC Digital Museum so it will be available for future community members, preservationists and historians.
One requirement is that all grantees have a Humanities Scholar (a person with strong knowledge of both the project topic and the discipline or field) ensuring that the final video, curriculum, audio recording or other product serves as a model or resource for future researchers.
2020 Grant Cycle
The DC Community Heritage Project puts the power of the past in the hands of the local historians who preserve, protect, and live it every day! Since 2007, these small grants have afforded communities, neighborhood organizations, churches, and others the chance to tell their stories through public humanities projects such as: written publications, documentary films, websites, lesson plans, tours, and many more.
DC DOCS provides financial and capacity building resources to established filmmakers interested in telling a humanities story about Washington, DC through a documentary short film. Potential projects must incorporate relevant humanities scholarship into the stories that they tell. Selected partners will have an opportunity to work in conjunction with the HumanitiesDC grants team to provide targeted support to build their capacity throughout the life of the project.
The DC Oral History Collaborative is an ambitious city-wide initiative to document and preserve the history of Washington’s residents and communities through the collection of oral histories. The project will survey and publicize existing oral history collections, provide grants and training for scholars and amateur historians to launch new oral history projects, and contribute to an interactive, accessible platform where the city’s memories can benefit residents and scholars for generations to come.
HumanitiesDC is offering Humanitini Curator Grants for scholars working with the public and within academia. Each curator will create a public humanities program based on their research or area of expertise. The public programs will follow HumanitiesDC’s successful Humanitini model that brings thoughtful humanities discussions to Washington, DC’s happy-hour scene.
Humanities Vision Grant provides financial and capacity building resources to community organizations interested in creating innovative interpretations of humanities scholarship for public audiences. The grants are driven by the proposed final product; each grant will produce an educational resource that will be added to a publicly accessible, online archive.
Soul of the City is designed to provide young people, ages 14 to 19, an opportunity to explore the role of the Humanities in asking and answering critical questions about the world. The Soul of the City grant encourages the development and execution of a high-quality, national model level, Humanities-driven, youth engagement program. This award recognizes innovative models that center the empowerment and meaningful engagement of young people through programs and projects that build civic engagement, leadership skills, and employ social emotional learning, engaged scholarship, and experiential learning.
The Youth Media Literacy Grant is for organizations to develop media literacy curricula that can be used for either an in-school or out-of-school time program for students ages 12 to 18. Potential projects could include political cartooning workshops, field trips to working newsrooms, photojournalism investigations, or the creation of a student produced media literacy guide for their peers. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.