IHC’s Major Grants are focused on supporting programs or projects that draw on history, culture, literature, and the humanities to ignite conversations with the public. The Major Grant is for requests over $1,000, with no current limit for request size. The IHC requires a draft to be submitted one month prior to the final application, and currently has two cycles per year.


Draft due on December 15th

Final due on January 15th

Decision typically in the first week of March


Draft due on August 15th

Final due on September 15th

Decision typically in the first week of November

Goals of the Major Grants include:

  • Exploring the human experience
  • Supporting Idaho’s vibrant cultural organizations across the state
  • Creating conversations between Idahoans

Examples of projects include:

  • Exhibits
  • Local history projects
  • Discussions
  • Planning for humanities focused programs
  • Discussion programs

Currently, the IHC’s target audience is the out-of-school adult public.

Questions? Please email Doug Exton, Grants Manager (doug@idahohumanities.org)

At a Glance:

How much?

Over $1,000

Who can apply?

Any Idaho non-profit or government agency

What is it for?

Humanities projects and programs


Applications are accepted twice a year, with a required draft

How long?

Projects typically last to 12 months, but there is no restriction currently