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Grants to Kansas Nonprofits to Preserve
Historical and Cultural Resources

2022 Culture Preservation Grant

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Humanities Kansas (HK) and Kansas Historical Society

Deadline Date:

09/21/22 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,500 to Kansas nonprofit organizations for projects that preserve historical and cultural resources. Funding is intended for activities such as research, digitization, oral histories, collections care, transcription, language preservation, and training. Projects must utilize a humanities scholar as a project consultant. The best proposals focus on a single story or collection of material.

Culture Preservation Grants support projects that preserve and create access to historical or cultural resources that document stories of life in Kansas.

Goals of the Culture Preservation grants:

  1. Preserve stories that document the human experience
  2. Pivot existing exhibits, photograph collections, artifacts, and archives for easy online access
  3. Enhance organizational capacity

Of special interest are projects that pivot existing collections, archives, and exhibits to online or other formats not reliant on the traditional drop-in visit. The primary purpose of Culture Preservation grants is to enhance public access and preserve local cultural resources. 

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Online projects that make cultural materials accessible to researchers and the public
  • Oral history projects that involve interviewing and transcription
  • Research projects that include a historian or other skilled scholar
  • Cataloging, indexing, or inventorying a culturally relevant collection
  • Digitization projects that include photographs, film, audio and/or video
  • Transcription of diaries, letters, or audio/video recordings to preserve content and enhance public access
  • Language preservation and translation projects
  • Hands-on “best practices” training or planning that focuses on collection care or other preservation techniques
  • Other creative cultural preservation projects

Every project must involve at least one scholar to serve as a project consultant. Consultants are often museum curators, archivists, professional historians, library professionals with technical expertise, or independent cultural experts with expertise in a specific subject field.

Additional funds can be requested to assist with increasing access to the project, including support for a sign language interpreter, Spanish language interpreter, audio tours for digital and in-person exhibits, rental of handicap-accessible ramps, etc. For information about eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180212

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,500

Term of Contract:

HK grants are intended to get a project “off the ground,” but HK cannot be expected to fund a similar project year after year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- In-state nonprofit organizations are eligible, including colleges and universities
- 501(c)(3) status is not required
- A Unique Entity ID (SAM) from for sub-awardees is required.

Organizations with an open grant from a previous grant cycle are ineligible.

For information about ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Humanities Kansas will hold a Grants Chat. Participation is not required and does not obligate an organization to apply.

Date and Time: January 11, 2022, 12:00 PM CT

Location: Humanities Kansas, 112 SW 6th Ave STE 400, Topeka

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Additional information:

Pre-Application Information:


- Draft Due: February 2, 2022
- Final Submission Due: March 1
- Notification by HK: By April 4; Projects can begin after April 15

- Draft Due: April 20, 2022
- Final Submission Due: May 18
- Notification by HK: By June 23; Projects can begin after July 1

- Draft Due: August 24, 2022
- Final Submission Due: September 21
- Notification by HK: By October 28; Projects can begin after November 14

Applicants are encouraged to speak with HK staff early to discuss ideas or clarify guidelines.

Organizations are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit a draft. Prepare a draft by answering questions that mirror the online application. Include preliminary budget details. HK staff will provide feedback to make the project more competitive for final submission. Email drafts to Leslie VonHolten, Director of Grants and Outreach.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit drafts and questions to Leslie VonHolten at

Apply online:

Humanities Kansas
(785) 357-0359
112 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 400
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3895

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas

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