Humanities Iowa
100 Main Library Rm 4039
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
phone: (319) 335-4153 • fax: (319) 335-4154

The goal of this flexible program is to provide small matching grants, up to $3,000, for public programs in the humanities. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis but your application must reach us at least four weeks before your project activities are scheduled to begin.

There are four parts to a complete application:

• The Cover Sheet (page 1) provides information for our records on the project. It consists of your project’s title, contact information for yourself and the sponsoring institution that will act as fiscal agent to receive the funds and maintain records on the grant, and a short summary of the project.

Regarding the DUNS number, this nine-digit number is assigned by Dun & Bradstreet, as part of the Data Universal Numbering System, to all organizations that may become federal grantees or contractors. An organization does not need a DUNS number to apply for a Humanities Iowa grant, but if you are awarded a grant, you will need to obtain one. This process is free and relatively simple, and our staff will be happy to help you with it.

The Budget Form (page 2) and Budget Narrative, where your grant request expenses will be itemized into categories and show how grant funds will be matched by cash or in-kind contributions. The budget narrative is a separate sheet that gives details explaining more precisely how you propose to spend both grant and matching funds. The total cost share for the project (combination of cash contribution and in-kind contribution) must at least equal the amount you are requesting from Humanities Iowa. In other words, the grant may cover no more than half the total cost of a project.

  • Cash Contribution includes cash provided by third parties as well as all contributions made by the applicant organization to the project. Anything the applicant organization contributes, including salary for people working on the project, purchase of supplies, space to carry out project activities, and services related to the project, should be included. If it is difficult to determine exact costs, the applicant should indicate in the budget narrative that costs are estimated.
  • In-kind Contribution is the dollar value of services, goods and space contributed to the project by third parties only. For example, if a consultant or speaker waives his or her normal fee, it may be reflected as an in-kind contribution, provided that the contribution is adequately documented. In-kind contributions must be itemized in the budget along with cash contributions to arrive at the project’s total cost.

• The Project Narrative – This is where you tell us what you are planning to do. Simply write a letter explaining the project, what will happen, who will do what, who the audience and participants will be, and why you need the funding. The letter does not need to be lengthy (1–3 pages), but it should contain enough detail to explain the project and its components, including who the humanities scholar will be and your plans for publicity.

• The Agreement and Certifications Form (page 3). This certifies that you are eligible to receive funding from National Endowment for the Humanities and Humanities Iowa. Have the organization’s authorized representative sign the form.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with grants staff by email or telephone. For additional information on this or other funding opportunities, go to our web site at

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