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  1. Who are we? • Private, nonprofit organization • Funds and conducts humanities-based cultural and educational programs for all 8 wards. • An affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) but is not a Federal or District agency

  2. Our Mission • The mission of the Humanities Council is to : • enrich the quality of life, • foster intellectual stimulation, • promote cross-cultural understanding • and promote appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants. • The Humanities Council believes that in-depth consideration of the issues that affect us as individuals in a society can make a positive impact on our lives, and believes each citizen can participate in our vision to “transform lives through the power of the humanities.”

  3. What are the Humanities? The Humanities tell us what it means to be human. They help us understand… • Our story’s past: history, anthropology, archaeology; • Our story’s expressions: literature, linguistics, languages, arts history, theory and criticism; • Our story’s values: ethics, philosophy, comparative religion, law.

  4. Soul of the City Grant • The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) is seeking applications for three grants to provide humanities programs for youth ages 14-19 in the District of Columbia, based on HCWDC’s successful Soul of the City (SOTC) Program. HCWDC has presented SOTC for almost a decade to hundreds of young people. It emphasizes one of the Council’s core beliefs that effective leadership can be cultivated through a curriculum that combines humanities concepts with skill building. SOTC encourages young people to view their city, their country and their world in new ways and prepares them for leadership. Each grant is $10,000 and the HCWDC is providing a prospectus that will help potential grantees design a high quality humanities program that will: • 1. Use humanities ideas, disciplines and concepts to help youth understand themselves and the human experience. • 2. Provide tools to encourage youth to improve themselves and the world in which they live. • 3. Create confident, service-oriented leaders with increased communications and critical thinking skills. • Funding for these grants is provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

  5. Soul of the City Grant Cycle Soul of the City Grant Application Due May 3rd Committee Review Session May 30th Soul of the City Awards Ceremony June 13th Grant Period June 15th – October 15th • Final Report and Product Due • November 15th INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

  6. Qualifying Questions • Is your organization or its sponsor a 501 c 3 non-profit? • Is your project humanities based? • Is your project a benefit to the people of the District of Columbia? • Are previous HCWDC grants held by you or your sponsoring organization closed satisfactorily? • Will your program fall within the term of the grant cycle?

  7. The Humanities Scholar • All Humanities Council funded programs must include a Humanities Scholar. • The humanities scholar has qualifications related to the project content, and will be an active participant in the development and execution of the program. • The Humanities Scholar will complete the Scholar Evaluation at the reporting stage. This person should provide advise on the scholarly foundations and methodologies of your project. Please note that the Project Bookkeeper can not hold any other role in the project, i.e. Project Director or Sponsoring Org. Official

  8. Application Narrative • Narrative should include: • a clear description of the program and program goals; • how you will achieve the goals; • the timeline of your project; • how you will utilize your humanities scholar; • how you will promote the program's student produced final product; • impact on the citizens of the District of Columbia.

  9. Application Narrative • Humanities Theme • Please explain how the students will use humanities themes to better understand themselves and the human experience. Incorporate specific humanities disciplines where appropriate. • History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Literature, Language, Linguistics, Art History/Criticism, Philosophy, Ethics, Comparative Religion, Jurisprudence, Preservation

  10. Application Narrative • Local, National and International Component • How will your program help its students understand Washington, DC's local, national and international dimensions?

  11. Application Narrative • Program Description • Provide a detailed description of specific activities and projects that students will participate in as part of your program. A minimum of 20 participants is preferred.

  12. Application Narrative • Skills Development • List the communication and critical thinking skills the students will learn as part of the program, and describe how those skills will encourage self improvement, civic engagement and technical expertise.

  13. Application Narrative • Final Product • The students of each Soul of the City grant project must produce a tangible product. Please describe the final product to be produced by the students participating in your project.

  14. Final Product Formats • Book Discussion • Conference • Curriculum Development • Podcast • Discussion Guide • Exhibit • Film Discussion • Film/Video Production • Oral Histories • Panel Discussion • Radio Production • Book Publishing • Site Interpretation/Tour • Mobile Application Development • Workshop • Website Developed Content

  15. What do we fund? HCWDC grants fund: • Project supplies • Space rental for project event • Honoraria • Project Transportation • A/V Rental for project • Project Publicity and Promotion HCWDC grants do not fund: • General office supplies • Rent, Overhead, Restoration • Refreshments/Hospitality/Parties • Creative/Performing Arts projects • Membership--i.e. members only—outreach

  16. Application Budget • HCWDC funds requested • Sponsoring cost share: •Cash •In-kind •Budget Narrative •Please include a budget narrative that delineates how the funds listed in each category of the Project Budget Sheet will be used. •Average salaries that can be used for in-kind donations can be found at the Department of Labor and Statistics website at Humanities Council funded projects require a 1 to 1 match at least $10,000

  17. Application Budget Sheet

  18. What do I Submit? • Applications are available online through the Humanities Council of Washington, DC website. • Please enter our website at

  19. Online Grant Application

  20. Online Grant Application

  21. Online Grant Application

  22. Online Grant Application

  23. Online Grant Application

  24. Online Grant Application

  25. Committee Evaluation Form

  26. Committee Evaluation Form

  27. Committee Evaluation Form

  28. Committee Evaluation Form

  29. Committee Evaluation Form

  30. Consider these Questions • Is my project Humanities based? • Does the project use humanities ideas, disciplines and concepts to help youth understand themselves and the human experience. • Does the project provide real-world knowledge and skills to encourage youth to improve themselves and the world in which they live. • Will students leave the program as confident, service-oriented leaders with increased communications and critical thinking skills. • Is my budget realistic?

  31. Consider these Questions • What can be accomplished with the funds I receive from the HCWDC? Are my goals and timeline realistic? • Does the humanities scholar have qualifications related to the project content, and will be an active participant in the development and execution of the program? • Will the program serve the preferred minimum of 20 participants? • Will the proposed project help students gain skills that will help them become effective leaders, communicators and technically efficient? Is the final product is tangible and accessible to the general public?.

  32. Do’s and Don’ts • Do break down your budget sheet items on the budget narrative. • Do state clearly the goal of your project and how you will achieve it. • Do state clearly how this will benefit the people of D.C. • Do try to anticipate and answer reviewer questions • Do include letters from partner organizations acknowledging the partnership. • Do have a friend read over your application. • Don’t include letters of support from organizations or individuals not involved directly in the program.

  33. “SPECIAL”“ANNOUNCEMENT” • GRANTS CONDITIONS: • In the event that you do get awarded a grant, sign your contract and accept the money • Legally binding document • Organization becomes liable/ responsible for all aspects of grant; success and failure of project. • Must commit to spending totality of grant $$$ • All projects funded by this grant will carry the “Soul of the City” title and include the HCWDC and SOTC logos. • *In the unfortunate event that you cannot complete the proposed project • TOTAL AMOUNT OF GRANT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE COUNCIL, NO EQUIVOCATION!

  34. Humanities Council of Washington, DC • 925 U Street NW • Washington, DC 20001 • 202.387.8391 • •