Kentucky Humanities has not yet received grant guidelines from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


Minigrants of $1,500 are available. 

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 Museums Suffering Damage during the March Flooding in Lee and Powell Counties

Kentucky Humanities requested and received $20,000 in National Endowment for the Humanities funds for regrants up to $10,000 for rural museum to restore their facilities and damages to their collections as a result of the flooding in March, 2021. Applications are being accepted before May 12, 2021. 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



CARES Act Emergency Operating Grants due to COVID.

The National Endowment for the Humanities was included in the CARES Act funding and 40% of the funds will be awarded to state humanities councils to support subawards to eligible entities for humanities programming and general operating support. Press release can be seen here.
Kentucky Humanities announced the recipients of these grants on May 15, 2020. The grants have been awarded to:

  • American Cave Conservation Association
  • American Saddle Museum
  • Appalachian Artisan Center
  • Appalshop, Inc.
  • Asia Institute, Inc.
  • Aviation Museum
  • Baker Hunt Foundation
  • Bath County Public Library
  • Behringer-Crawford Museum
  • Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Bluegrass Railroad Museum
  • Breckinridge County Public Library
  • Campbell County Public Library
  • Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
  • Clinton County Public Library
  • Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
  • Corbin Public Library
  • Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library
  • Daviess County Public Library
  • Dinsmore Homestead Foundation
  • Filson Historical Society
  • Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky for Mountain Arts Center Fund
  • Franklin County Public Library/Paul Sawyier Library
  • Frazier Historical Arms Museum Foundation, Inc.
  • Oxmoor Farm Foundation
  • Gallatin County Public Library
  • Georgetown & Scott County Museum
  • Gilda's Club Kentuckiana
  • Governor's Scholars Program
  • Headley Whitney Museum
  • Henry Clay Memorial Foundation
  • Highlands Museum & Discovery Center
  • Hindman Settlement School
  • Historic Locust Grove, Inc.
  • Historic Paris Bourbon County Hopewell Museum
  • Historic Railpark & Train Museum
  • Hopkins County Madisonville Public Library
  • Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library
  • I Was Here, Inc.
  • Jesse Stewart Foundation
  • Johnson County Public Library
  • Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum Inc.
  • Kentucky Oral History Commission jointly with the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation
  • Kentucky Railway Museum, Inc.
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
  • LexArts
  • Lexington Children's Museum
  • Lexington Children's Theatre
  • Lexington History Museum, Inc.
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Living Art & Science Center
  • Louisville Folk School
  • Madison County Public Library
  • Marshall County Public Library
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • McDowell House Museum
  • Meade County Historical Society
  • Mercer County Public Library
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Museum of the American Quilter's Society
  • Oldham County History Center
  • Owensboro Museum of Science and History
  • Paramount Arts Center, Inc.
  • Pendleton County Public Library
  • Pennyroyal Arts Council, Inc.
  • Perry County Public Library
  • Pioneer Playhouse
  • Powell County Public Library
  • Preservation Kentucky
  • River Discovery Center
  • Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
  • Simpson County Historical Society
  • Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre, Inc.
  • Stephen Foster Drama Association, Inc.
  • The Hotel Metropolitan
  • The Lexington Theatre Company
  • The Louisville Ballet
  • The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
  • William B. Harlan Memorial Library
  • White Hall