The West Virginia Humanities Council invites proposals for its special grant initiative “A More Perfect Union: Democracy and Civic Engagement.” With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council seeks to fund humanities projects that discuss, promote, and educate the public on the necessity of informed civic engagement to a functioning and sustainable constitutional republic.
“A More Perfect Union” grants will be awarded for projects requesting up to $5,000 in support of humanities projects that promote the value of civic engagement or civic education. Applications are due May 2, 2022.
“Civic engagement” refers to projects that discuss how direct individual participation in civic or public life can improve community, local, or national conditions. Examples of such actions include, but are not limited to, voting; running for or serving in public office; performing volunteer community or public service; performing military service; community organizing; poll working; and more.
“Civic education” refers to projects that seek to educate audiences on American civic history, or on the core principles and values of U.S. government and representative governance.
Examples of eligible types of projects include, but are not limited to, lectures; speaker series; educational programs; brochures and booklets including printing and promotional costs; archival projects; exhibit development and implementation; and the planning, scripting, and production of audio or video materials, podcasts, websites, or a periodical series.
Proposed projects should not campaign explicitly for or against public policy. Instead, proposed projects should seek to educate the public on the value of informed civic participation to a healthy society. The project should highlight how, and in what ways, informed civic participation benefits (or has benefited) a constitutional republic, on the community, local, or national level.
Apply online at https://wvhumanitiescouncil.formstack.com/forms/amp_grants by midnight on May 2, 2022. An application template is available for download here.
Applicants must apply through the Council’s regular grant process for all other projects.
Applicants will be notified of the Council’s decision via e-mail by June 1, 2022.
Cost share is not required.
Applicants will be required to submit a narrative and financial report by within 90 days of the contract end date, which must include a spreadsheet of grant expenditures detailing the item paid, date paid, check/transaction number, and amount paid. The Humanities Council will provide reporting templates.
The total amount to be awarded is $25,000.
For questions or troubleshooting, contact grants administrator Erin Riebe at 304-346-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds may not be used for the following purposes: