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Responsive Program Grants

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Tribes for Humanities
Programs that Explore Timely and Urgent Topics

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and federally-recognized tribes for humanities programs that address timely, urgent, and challenging topics. Priority consideration will be given to programming that is led by and based in communities of color and rural communities.

Oregon Humanities is committed to helping communities across Oregon respond to timely or urgent issues and tensions by bringing people together to explore these challenging topics and strive for just communities. The Responsive Program Grants enable non-profit organizations and federally recognized tribes in Oregon to address urgent or timely issues that might not otherwise be able to be addressed because of the quick, timely response that is needed for the program. In addition, Oregon Humanities offers communications assistance to all awarded projects.

Oregon Humanities funds programs that meet the following criteria:

- Engage community members as active participants, not just as an audience

- Explore issues or ideas from a variety of perspectives

- Help participants make meaning for themselves and their community

- Respond to an important public issue

- Are not related to advocacy or fundraising efforts

These programs may be any of the following:

- New/one-time/pilot programs

- In-person events

- Online or multimedia efforts that engage the general public including but not limited to podcasts and short documentary films

- Created in response to local, statewide, national, or global issues: Part of an organization’s regular programming but responding to timely community needs

- In multiple languages or be in a language other than English (Note that applications and reporting must be submitted in English).

Requested Oregon Humanities funding may support program-related expenses including but not limited to salaries/volunteers hours, benefits, honoraria, travel, supplies and materials, printing and duplication, postage and telephone, equipment and services (including audio and video documentation of the program for preservation or dissemination purposes), facilities rental, publicity, and ADA access.

For more information on the funding priorities, see the URL for Full Text page, or the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186500

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum Oregon Humanities Responsive Program Grant is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may receive only one Responsive Program Grant per cycle and programs must be completed by December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be incorporated and registered as nonprofits in the state of Oregon, or be one of Oregon's federally recognized tribes. Applicants do not need to be federally recognized 501(c)(3) organizations. Applications are encouraged from groups across the state, including those organizations that may not define their mission as humanities-based but who are actively doing the work of bringing people together to explore challenging questions and strive for just communities.

Organizations that are not nonprofits may apply using a fiscal sponsor if the fiscal sponsor meets the eligibility requirements. (Nonprofit Association of Oregon has information on fiscal sponsorship.) Please contact Oregon Humanities prior to initiating a grant proposal to discuss fiscal sponsorships.

Organizations are not eligible if any of the following apply:

- They do not meet the eligibility requirements listed above.
- They have already been awarded a Responsive Programs Grant in the current grant year.
- The proposed project is not open or accessible to the general public.

What Responsive Program Grants Do Not Fund:

- Private events
- Organizational promotional materials or events
- Individual research or activities
- Courses for credit or school programs
- Scholarships, fellowships, or awards
- Individual art projects such as books and feature-length films
- Writing or publishing projects
- Tickets or scholarships for events
- Host fees for Conversation Project events or other Oregon Humanities programming
- Creation of visual arts, performances, or living histories
- Health and social service delivery
- Capital projects (i.e., renovation or purchase of equipment, buildings, or land)
- Museum collection acquisition
- Permanent staffing costs not directly associated with the program
- Lobbying or fundraising activities
- Activities that advocate for a particular political or social party, agenda, or action
- Indirect or overhead expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Awards will be made until funding runs out or the end of the fiscal year (October 31, 2019), whichever comes first. Applicants are notified as soon as a funding decision is made (no longer than four weeks after applying).

Applications accepted: Between October 2, 2018, and September 30, 2019
Award decisions: Reviewed on a rolling basis
Programs begin after: November 1, 2018
Programs completed by: December 31, 2019

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Program Coordinator Kyle Weismann-Yee to discuss the program idea and best way to frame the work prior to submission.

ADA Access: Organizations and event spaces must be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Helpful information can be found at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application form:

Kyle Weismann-Yee
(503)241-0543, ext. 112

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon