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Public Humanities Grants

The Center for the Humanities has allocated funding to support public humanities events that involve collaboration between a Humanities Center Faculty member and a member or members of the Des Moines area community.

Applicants may apply for up to $1,000 to offset the costs associated with mounting and publicizing the event. Faculty and community collaborators may also use up to $500 of the grant for honoraria of up to $250 each for collaborators.

Proposed programs should be intended to appeal to a broad non-expert public and should combine the expertise of the faculty member(s) and that of the community member(s) involved. They should take place in non-Drake venues suitable for public programming, and should, with some rare exceptions, be made free and open to the public.

Possible events include, but are not limited to, gallery talks and exhibitions; lecture-performance; humanities-related practical demonstrations (such as cooking, sustainable gardening, artmaking); workshops; colloquia and panel discussions; debates; and film showings.

While the Board welcomes all proposals, it will be prioritizing individual/collaborative research over other activities and programming. 

Deadline

Fall 2020: The Board will meet on the first Friday of each month in fall 2020, including Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. Please submit funding requests one week in advance of any given meeting, to ensure consideration at that meeting. Spring deadlines fall on Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, and Nov. 27. In general, requests for retroactive funding will not be considered, but faculty may inquire with the Director if extenuating circumstances arise.

For information about applying for one of these grants, please contact the Center's director.

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