Ignite grants provide non-profit organizations with funds to develop and produce deeply researched, engaging, and immersive projects that appeal to a large audience of Ohioans.
Donor Name: Ohio Humanities
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $10,000 to $100,000
Grant Duration: Grant Duration Not Mentioned
Programs funded by the Ignite grant should make humanities content accessible to Ohio’s diverse audiences. They especially encourage applications that explore cultural and historical topics that will resonate with Ohioans, particularly projects that share Ohio’s under-told, yet significant stories. Successful projects could include museum exhibitions and installations, discussion programs, oral history projects, and documentary filmmaking.
$20,000 is available for the Ignite grants.
Successful applications for project grants meet four major criteria:
- To be eligible for an Ohio Humanities grant, you must apply on behalf of a nonprofit organization—such as a public library, museum, historical society, or community organization— located in the state of Ohio
- Applicants must be an eligible non-profit organization.
- The public humanities must be central to the proposed project.
- Public humanities professionals should be deeply involved in the project.
- The application must follow Ohio Humanities budget guidelines.
Successful applicants will demonstrate that their projects adhere to three major public humanities principles:
- They are focused on the humanities. They fund projects that deepen the understanding of what it means to be human. Programs should encourage participants to thoughtfully consider how a humanities discipline can create and sustain vibrant communities.
- They are designed for the benefit of the public. Projects must be open to the public. Although you can target a specific audience in your promotional materials, everyone in the community should have an equal opportunity to attend. (They do consider programs held in prisons and schools to be public, so there is no requirement to open them to a broader audience.) Although you may charge an admission fee to sponsored events, they prefer that organizations offer a free or reduced admission fee for those who need it.
- They employ a balanced viewpoint. Public programs should encourage open conversations among speakers and audience members. The funded projects cannot discriminate against persons or groups, and they cannot promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view. In other words, projects should strive to provide fair consideration and expression to alternative viewpoints.
For more information, visit Ohio Humanities.