Our Mission

Explore and celebrate the diverse people, communities, cultures and stories of Iowa. 

Humanities Iowa (HI) is dedicated to bringing the humanities to life in Iowa, with the people of Iowa.  We provide grants, build community partnerships, and create programming that reaches over 250,000 Iowans each year.  Our programming and projects reach every corner of the state and range from community roundtables and intergenerational storytelling projects to documentaries, rural archives restoration, the Iowa Poet Laureate program, the statewide Speakers Bureau series, and the journal Voices from the Prairie.

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What We Do

Offer grants to Community Groups and Not-for-Profit Organizations

  • Mini Grants are awarded throughout the year for amounts up to $3,000.
  • Major Grants are awarded twice annually, and range from $3,001 to $10,000.
  • For more information, visit our Grant Guidelines page.

Engage in Council Conducted Partnerships (CCP)

Council Conducted Partnerships are funding partnerships between Humanities Iowa and eligible non-profit organizations. A 1:1 cash match is required. Interested organizations may apply for varied amounts based on project scope and available 1:1 cash match. 

Create Public Programming

The Iowa Poet Laureate
Speakers Bureau
Traveling Exhibits
Voices from the Prairie

For more information, visit our Partnerships and Public Programs page.

Join Us!

We would love to have you join us and get involved - by attending our events with your family and friends, nominating yourself or someone you know to serve on the Board of Directors, Speakers Bureau, and spreading the word: Humanities Iowa is here for Iowa.  

Contact us anytime at info@humanitiesiowa.org