Contact your local college or university, library or museum. You can also contact the HI office for help in finding a scholar for your topic. Another resource is the HI Speakers Bureau roster, posted on the HI web site. Members of the HI board of directors might also be able to help identify a scholar for your project.
An independent evaluator is a requirement of an HI major grant, and a fee of $200 plus auto travel expenses can be paid out of the grant funds. Ideally the evaluator will be familiar with and traveling within the community in which the HI-funded event is to be held.
No, but a scholar should definitely be on the planning committee and program presenters should have appropriate credentials.
HI grants can support the time and expertise of presenters, researchers, coordinators and others integral to the project. The level of honorarium is based on precedent for similar events, the actual number of hours/events devoted to the project by the scholar, his/her availability and public demand.
It is critical to consult with HI staff about these types of projects prior to application. Typically, HI will not fund performance projects unless they incorporate the interpretation of the performance through a complementary lecture and/or discussion with the audience. For example, if a Scottish highlander group will dance and also explain the history and cultural meanings of bagpipes, traditional dress and the dance steps, the project may be eligible. If a museum hosts an art exhibit and would like to bring in scholars to talk about that particular art movement, that project may also be eligible. Theater presentations that involve living history re-enactments (such as someone portraying the life and times of Grant Wood or Charles Darwin) may also be considered for funding.
No HI grant funds can support activities occurring prior to the project start date. The length of the grant-funded portion of projects can extend to a maximum of two years from the start date. Additionally, HI’s reporting deadlines are tied to the project end dates.
As Humanities Iowa funding is limited, we would prefer to pay the direct costs of a project. If, in special circumstances, a staff member is involved in the creative, scholarly, public presentation of the project, a reasonable honorarium may be included in the project expenses. Salaries should, if included at all, be in the cash cost-share for the applicant organization or in-kind cost-share for any co-sponsoring organizations.
Other important considerations: