Humanities Iowa and What We Do

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.

Grants

We support programming through major grants, mini grants, partnerships, as well as our Speakers Bureau. 

Partnerships

Council Conducted Partnerships are funding partnerships between Humanities Iowa and eligible non-profit organizations.

Speakers

Our Speakers Bureau has speakers available to come to your event with expertise in a wide variety of humanities fields.

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

Grants and Guidelines

We support programming through major grants, mini grants, partnerships, as well as our Speakers Bureau.

The Basics

Who Can Apply

Grants are awarded to not-for-profit organizations that serve the out-of-school Iowan adult public

Frequently Asked Questions

We will work with you to strengthen the application and answer questions.

Apply for a Grant

Access our online application process

Recent Mini-Grant Awards

Mini grants are awarded on a continual basis throughout the year.

The following mini grants were awarded for the 2021-2022 financial year:

The Details

Conditions of Grant Awards

Responsibilities you will be required to accept if you are awarded a grant from Humanities Iowa.

Special Guidelines: Media Projects

Humanities Iowa recognizes that media projects can serve as a powerful tool for fulfilling our mission to foster greater public awareness of and appreciation for the value of the humanities

Grants Administration

PDFs of guidelines and PDFs of forms for administering your grant from Humanities Iowa.

Special Guidelines: Teacher Seminars

Humanities Iowa will consider proposals from colleges, universities, area education agencies and school systems for planning and conducting seminars in the humanities for elementary, secondary and post-secondary teachers.

Recent Major Grant Awards

Title of Project
Speaking Truth to Power: The White Rose Resistance and Holocaust Lessons for Today

Sponsoring Organization

German American Heritage Center

Davenport

Grant

$10,000

Project Description

The German American Heritage Center is collaborating with many Quad City organizations to share lessons and history of the Holocaust and WWII this fall. Programming includes two parallel exhibitions, film showings and guest speaker on the White Rose Resistance group.

Recent Major Grant Awards

Title of Project
Bringing the Humanities to Life: Film Scores, Mimesis, and the Human Condition

Sponsoring Organization

Siouxland Institute of Film

Sioux City

Grant

$9,750

Project Description

The 17th annual film festival will feature workshops from professionals with experience in making scores for films. The workshop leaders will feature professionals that have worked on notable films such as ‘Blow the Man Down’ and ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ Programming will enhance the comprehension for international film-making and its history in the Siouxland area, invigorate the community by engaging in activities related to humanities, and increase the general and film-specific knowledge of the community.

Recent Major Grant Awards

Title of Project

Ann Lindberg: think like the river with poet Ginny Threefoot

Sponsoring Organization
Figge Art Musuem

Davenport

Grant
$10,000


Project Description

From June 11, 2022 – September 4, 2022, the Figge will present Anne Lindberg: think like the river with poet Ginny Threefoot. Lindberg will create an ephemeral tonal landscape of color and light by casting thousands of threads across the span of the Figge’s fourth floor. Poet Ginny Threefoot will collaborate on this conceptually rich project centered on the subject of water, conceived with an awareness of the museum’s location along the Mississippi River.

Recent Major Grant Awards

Title of Project
Artist in Residence: Doreen Ketchens

Sponsoring Organization

The Dubuque Arts Council

Dubuque

Grant

$10,000

Project Description

As a part of the Dubuque Arts Council Artist in Residence programming, well-known and highly regarded New Orleans clarinetist Doreen Ketchens will perform in Dubuque February 19-25, 2023. She and her band will engage with schoolchildren in Dubuque and Maquoketa, entertain a public audience at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center, and teach a Master Class for select high school and college students.

Events

Humanities Iowa hosts and sponsors events throughout the state of Iowa regularly.

PROJECTS and Partnerships

Humanities Iowa partners with many organizations and sponsors a variety of programs, bringing the humanities to Iowans throughout the state.

Contact Humanities Iowa

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