To speak with a program officer about the application, please call 614-461-7802 or email David Merkowitz or Rob Colby.

Grant Application

Please review the below application to make sure you fully understand each section. Once you are ready, click the button below to register your contact information and start completing the application.


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1. Registration Contact

As the person completing this application, please provide the following information. After registering, your email address will receive an "Access Your Application" email from grants@ohiohumanities.org with a link to the application. Please retain this email to access the application throughout the process.


 
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2. Sponsoring Organization

The nonprofit organization which submits the grant application, receives the grant award, sponsors the proposed humanities project, and is accountable for appropriate use of grant funds. Also known as the “grantee.”

 
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3. Authorizing Official

The representative of the applicant organization who has authority to submit the grant application on behalf of that organization. The authorizing official also makes sure that grant responsibilities are met on time. The person must review and sign all grant paperwork – including the application, grant agreement, financial forms, and final report.

 
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4. Project Director

The person responsible for coordinating the project, serving as the liaison with Ohio Humanities staff, and preparing interim and final reports.
Partners, spouses, or family members of the project director may not serve as authorizing official.

 
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5. Project Bookkeeper

The project bookkeeper is responsible for receiving, disbursing, and accounting for all grant and cost-share funds. The project bookkeeper should be experienced in standard accounting procedures.
 
The project bookkeeper may not serve as the project director. Partners, spouses, or family members of the project director may not serve as project bookkeeper.

 
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6. Project Summary

Humanities Topics Covered:

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7. Lead/Presenting Humanities ProfessionalsA humanities professional generally has an advanced degree in a humanities area of study (e.g. MA, MLS, or PhD). Projects may also draw on individuals with a wealth of relevant knowledge about a topic, but lack advanced training in the humanities (e.g. a local historian or educator). Applicants must be able to demonstrate how the humanities professional will ensure accuracy and provide relevant context and interpretation of the topic from a humanities perspective.

Provide detailed information for all humanities professionals involved in any stage of the project. You will also provide a one-paragraph bio in the narrative section for all individuals identified in this section.

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Additional Lead/Presenting Humanities Professionals

If you have more than 10 lead or presenting scholars, please attach the complete list including contact information and subject specialties.

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8. Project Timeline

Provide a project and event plan.

The timetable should include key project activities throughout the grant period. The timeline should show how the project develops presuming a successful grant application.

Project StagePlease choose the stage of the project planning, publicity, events, and reporting. Time PeriodFor planning, publicity, and reporting, provide a time period for activities. For events, please provide exact dates. Project ActivityFor planning, publicity, and reporting, provide a short description of activity. For events, provide the title of the event activity. Max 300 characters. Event Location
(City, State, Zip)For planning, publicity, and reporting, provide location information only if there is a physical location for the activity. For events, please provide physical address, city, state, and zip code.
Project ParticipantsFor planning, publicity, and reporting, identify which members of the project team (project director, authorizing official, project bookkeeper, paid project staff, technical staff) and humanities professionals are involved. For events, please identify the humanities professionals involved.
 
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9. Federal and State Legislators

Please identify your congressional and state representatives.

To find your representatives, please visit:

U.S. House
Ohio Senate
Ohio House
 
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10. Project Budget

Each $1.00 from Ohio Humanities must be matched with $1.00 of cost-share from the sponsoring organization. The budget should reflect the overall scope of the project. It is rare that the grant request and total cost-share are equal.

Expenses Grant Request Cash Cost-ShareCash committed to the project by the sponsoring organization, including the money used to pay salaried staff. Cash raised from outside sources, such as funds raised from foundations and corporations, to realize the project. Cash received from anticipated program income. In-Kind Cost ShareThe current market value of donated services, goods, or facilities, including the time of volunteers or the use of equipment, supplies, and office space. Total Computation/Notes
(Include detailed computation for all items and short explanation for each line item)
Personnel Project director, staff, or technical consultants' salaries or fees may not exceed 30% of the grant. Humanities professionals' honoraria and travel may not exceed 75% of the grant. Administrative costs directly related to the project, for fiscal agent fees, or the authorizing official may not exceed 10% of a grant. Benefits of staff members employed by the sponsoring organization on a full-time basis should be listed as cost-share.
Project Director $0.00
Paid Project Staff $0.00
Humanities Professionals $0.00
Other Resource Personnel $0.00
Independent Evaluator(s) $0.00
Volunteers   $0.00
Travel and Per Diem Proposals should be economical in travel-related costs. Travel and per diem cost guidelines: Airfare: Reimbursed at domestic coach rates. Funding international flights is not an Ohio Humanities priority. Travel by car: $.45 /mile. Ohio Humanities only funds trips that exceed 50 miles roundtrip. Ohio Humanities does not fund commuting costs for project participants. Lodging rates: Reasonable rates for limited service hotels. Food Per Diem: Up to $35 per day for project personnel engaged in project activities away from home or office.
Project Staff $0.00
Humanities Professionals $0.00
Other (Specify) $0.00
Promotion The promotion budget should be proper to the size of the project. The promotion plan and budget should utilize the formats most commonly used by the target audience of a grant. Costs for promotional items and postage should be itemized.
Printing $0.00
Postage $0.00
Advertising $0.00
Other (Specify) $0.00
Project Expenses No more than 20% of a grant may be used for rental or purchase of equipment or software. Office expenses are generally considered a cost-share component.
Exhibit Rental/Fabrication $0.00
Media Expenses $0.00
Instructional Material $0.00
Equipment Rental/Purchase $0.00
Room Rental $0.00
Other (Specify) $0.00
Office Expenses
Expendable Office Supplies $0.00
Photocopying/Phone $0.00
Other (Specify) $0.00
Other Expenses
Reception Expenses $0.00
Other (Specify) $0.00
TOTAL EXPENSES $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00  
Expenses Grant Requests Cash Cost-Share In-Kind Cost Share Total  
How much of the total cost-share is cash from a sponsoring organization?
How much of the total cost-share is Program Income from Participants?

Is this program free to the public?




Has other funding been sought?

If Yes, Identify Other Sources: Grants of Cash Gifts Amount Pending Confirmed

Additional Funding Sources & Other Comments:


 
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11. Project Narrative

Please answer the following questions. Applicants must address each component. The questions should guide the development of the narrative, though some questions may be more relevant to some projects than others. We encourage you to compose the narrative in a separate document, then copy and paste the information into the application form. All formatting (italics, bold, etc.) will be stripped once copied into the application form, except for bullets.


1.What do you plan to do?

Provide a detailed description of your project. It should focus on the activities that will be supported by Ohio Humanities funds. Provide exact information about what will take place, where and when. As much as possible, describe who will perform the activities. Identify the resources necessary to make the project happen.

  • Ohio Humanities recommends that as much as possible all key project personnel should be confirmed at the time of application.

2. How do the humanities inform this project?

Identify the humanities disciplines that are relevant to your project. What questions or issues will the project address? Why are these questions or issues significant at this moment? What will the participants learn, experience, or gain as a result of your project? Be specific. Give examples.


3. Who are the humanities professionals and what are their roles on the project?

Please include a one paragraph biography that emphasizes the humanities professional's relevant skills and knowledge for this project. What are their specific roles in the project? Be specific.


4. How will you publicize the project?

How will you let people know about your project? If you plan to use social media, please identify the tools you plan to use (Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.) and your current reach (followers, likes, # of email addresses). If you plan to utilize newspapers, television, or radio, please identify the specific broadcasters and publications. Provide an outline and timeline for your publicity.


5. Who is the intended audience?

If it is a public event, how many people are likely to attend? If your organization has an established constituency, how will this attract new audiences?

  • Programs sponsored by college and universities must make a concerted and detailed effort to draw an audience that extends beyond the higher education environment.

6. What are the goals and outcomes of the project and how will it be evaluated?

How will this project enhance your community's appreciation and/or knowledge of the humanities? Internally, how will your organization decide whether this project is a success? What metrics will the organization use to evaluate the project? Please be specific. Who are your evaluators?

  • Projects above $2,001 must have an outside evaluator. The outside evaluator is a person who is able to judge the success of a project in reaching its stated goals. The evaluator should not be connected to the project in another way.

7. Who is the sponsoring organization?

Give a brief description of your organization. When was the organization founded? How does this project fit with the goals and usual activities of your organization? How is your organization qualified to carry out the project?

8. Appendixes

a. REQUIRED -List organization's board members along with their positions and business addresses (.pdf)

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b. REQUIRED - Attach contact information for project personnel. For individuals whose information has been collected, you need include names only. For others, please include name, position, physical address, and email. (.pdf)

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c. REQUIRED - Please download our Budget Spreadsheet to construct a detailed budget justification. Before uploading, please convert the budget justification to a pdf. For instructions, please consult the form. (.pdf)

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d. OPTIONAL - The following is a non-exhaustive list of additional appendixes: scripts or script treatments, exhibition scripts, letters of support, evaluation logic model. Please contact Ohio Humanities staff if you have questions about other possible appendixes.

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