Idaho Humanities Council Invites Applications for Major Grants and Research Fellowships

The Idaho Humanities Council invites grant applications supporting projects involving Idaho citizens that focus on literature, history, philosophy, art history, archaeology and other humanities disciplines.  During this unique and uncertain time, the IHC encourages applications for programs that explore the impact of COVID-19 on Idaho.  The Council further invites applications that encourage participation from all of Idaho’s diverse
populations and reach out to under-served audiences.

IHC funding opportunities include:

Major Grants (over $1,000) – Initial applications are due August 15 with final applications due September 15. Grants over the years have supported museum and library exhibits, oral history projects, heritage tourism projects, literary events, special lectures, the preservation of historical photo archives, community-wide reading programs, humanities-focused conferences, and a variety of projects and programs that inspire community dialogue in the humanities.

Research Fellowships (due September 15):  are special awards to scholars to support research in any field of the humanities. They are for up to $3,500, awarded only once a year, and may be used to support expenses related to research, including travel to special archives, lodging, and related expenses. They are competitive and IHC awards up to four Research Fellowships each fall.  Up to four additional Research Fellowships will be awarded in 2020 to scholars exploring the impact of COVID-19 on Idaho.

Grant guidelines for the online grant applications are available on the IHC website: under “Grants.” The website also includes a listing of recent grant awards and other general information.  Notice of decisions for major and research applications
are emailed after November 1.

The Idaho Humanities Council is a non-profit organization serving as the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), dedicated to promoting public understanding and lifelong learning through literature, history, philosophy, law, anthropology, and other humanities disciplines in Idaho.  Grants are awarded with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with grants supporting COVID-19 exploration being funded from the NEH as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

For more information, call the IHC at (208) 345-5346 (Outside Boise area call toll-free at 888/345-5346), or visit IHC’s website at

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