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.