Minigrants of $1,500 are NOT available at the current time (8/17/23). Please check back after 11/01/23. 

Since its creation in 1972, Kentucky Humanities, with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions, has supported public programs in the humanities throughout the Commonwealth.

Public humanities programs include, but are not limited to: conferences, lectures, radio and video productions, exhibits, teacher training and development of curricular materials, interpretive programs for festivals, book discussions, and planning for future projects. These humanities programs should be directed at adults and families, not to the classroom.

The humanities are fields of study primarily concerned with values, ideas, and language, including, but not limited to: history, literature; philosophy; language; linguistics; jurisprudence; archaeology; history and philosophy of art, medicine or science; folklore; religious studies; and those aspects of the social sciences (political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology) which employ a philosophical or historical approach.

Kentucky Humanities
206 E. Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 257-5932


Emergency Funding for Cultural Institutions Suffering Damage during the July Flooding in Breathitt, Clay, Cumberland, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Whitley, and Wolfe Counties

Kentucky Humanities requested funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities funds for regrants up to $20,000 for rural museum to assess and restore the damages to their collections as a result of the flooding in July, 2022. Applications are being accepted before September 30, 2022. Eligible costs: Grant funding may support cleanup, conservation, professional consultation, and replacement and repair of humanities collections. Funding may also be used to cover costs associated with resuming humanities programming that was postponed or cancelled as a result of the storm. Application and review criteria: Grants will be readily accessible and easy to administer. Applications will be reviewed by staff and board members. Funding decisions will be made according to demonstrated need and the significance of the institution’s humanities collections and programming.


Kathleen Pool at Kentucky Humanities
206 E. Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 257-5472