Vision Grants

Humanities New York

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $500 - US $1,500

Fields of work: Historic Preservation Visual Arts Media Arts History Writing & Literature Linguistics Philosophy Community Culture & Heritage Art History Show all

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New York

Location of residency: New York

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NOTE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least two months before your planning process begins or your event takes place.

Humanities NY expands the field of the public humanities by supporting projects that activate, frame, or deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.

What are the humanities?

The humanities—literature, history, philosophy and the many forms of human expression—connect us to our individual experience and to our communities, providing personal enrichment and understanding. They can promote relevant, important, and timely conversations about the challenges we face as communities and in society. The humanities can engage people where they live and work, emphasizing conversation, facilitation, and collaborative learning.

What We Fund

Humanities New York (HNY) supports projects that activate, frame, or deepen our understanding of what it means to be human. We encourage and support innovative approaches in the design and delivery of public-facing programming. Through our grants program, we strive to ensure that all New Yorkers may access the tools and experiences of the humanities.

Competitive projects are engaging to a variety of New Yorkers and do not require specialized knowledge to participate in or enjoy. We welcome projects that serve targeted communities—such as families, youth, seniors, veterans, prison populations, and individuals with special needs.

Because we encourage organizations to develop projects that respond to community needs and interests, we are open to a variety of project formats.


HNY prioritizes support to projects that reach audiences with fewer opportunities to attend educational and cultural programming. Because we are a statewide organization, within each grant round we strive to make awards in as many regions of the state as possible. Through 2020, requests related to the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Centennial are welcome. Other priorities include supporting small organizations (with operating budgets of less than $250,000) and rural organizations.

Vision Grants: Seed Funding for Project Development

Vision Grants offer up to $1,500 in seed funding for project development. By supporting brainstorming, researching, and professional development for organizations working collaboratively to develop new ideas and program strategies, these grants aim to:

  • Support emerging and established partnerships between different groups on a shared project that may develop into public-facing activities.
  • Infuse program design with humanities themes and methodologies from the start.
  • Encourage experimentation in program design.
  • Build community input into program design.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Any tax-exempt organization that is based in and serves New York State may apply.
  • Groups that do not have official 501(c)3 status may apply using a fiscal sponsor.
  • Each organization is eligible to receive one Vision Grant and one Action Grant OR one Vision Grant and one Quick Grant per year.


  • Please note that HNY cannot fund individuals.