Below are some guidelines to consider when applying for a grant from Kentucky Humanities. Included is a list of what Kentucky Humanities cannot fund and some basics to keep in mind as you prepare an application for funding of a public humanities program.

Keep these basics in mind when preparing an application:

  • Projects present humanities topics and issues to Kentucky audiences.
  • All grantees must have a DUNS number (Data Universal Numbering System).
  • The humanities, and humanities scholars, are central to the planning and execution of a project.
  • Grants are awarded only to non-profit organizations, institutions, and groups, whether or not they are incorporated or tax-exempt. Informal community groups can be represented by a responsible organization or bookkeeping agent who will handle financial transactions.
  • Grants are for specific projects.
  • Projects funded by the KH should represent the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth and be made accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Events supported by KH minigrants must take place at least 8 weeks after the FINAL application deadline.
  • Projects are aimed at out-of-school adults and families.
KH cannot provide support for:
  • proposals submitted by individuals
  • proposals submitted by for-profit organizations
  • classroom projects
  • projects by students
  • scholarships or fellowships
  • scholarly research projects
  • development or publication of book manuscripts
  • projects with a "how to do it" focus
  • general operating expenses
  • arts performances
  • major museum acquisitions
  • equipment purchases
  • construction or renovation
  • historical preservation of buildings
  • work completed prior to the start of a grant period
  • political or religious advocacy

Local Match

To encourage local support for projects, Kentucky Humanities requires grantees to match their grant request with cash and/or in-kind contributions.


All grants are dependent upon availability of federal funds.

What are the humanities

According to the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to
the current conditions of national life.”