Frequently Asked Questions

Oregon Humanities Responsive Program Grants award up to $1,000 per grant.

Funding Priorities

Due to limited grant funds and our commitment to making humanities programming available in communities that  have historically lacked access to funding and programming opportunities, Oregon Humanities’ staff and grants committee take into consideration whether proposed programming is led by rural communities and/or by people of color. We also encourage proposals from organizations that do not directly meet these funding priorities but center the communities they work with in program design, implementation, and evaluation.


Responsive Program Grant applications will open on October 1, 2019 for programming that will start on November 1, 2019. Please see below for the 2020 Responsive Program Grants timeline.

Applications accepted Between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020
Award decisions Within 4 weeks of application submission
Programs begin after November 1, 2019
Programs completed by December 31, 2020


Grantees are expected to submit a program event form online to notify Oregon Humanities once events have been confirmed. A final report form is also to be completed online within 30 days of the programs end date.

How to apply

Organizations must complete our online grant proposal application form. The form collects basic information about the organization, topic, and program details. The questions include the following.

  1. Describe your organization’s relationship to the topic of the proposed program, and the organization’s relationships to those impacted by the topic of the proposed program.Is the proposed program or organization(s) based in and led by rural communities and/or communities of color? (Up to 500 words)
  2. Describe the topic of your proposed program and how does this topic impact this community? Is there a current complex public issue that you are responding to/trying to help the community explore? (Up to 500 words)
  3. Help our grant readers understand what the proposed format for the program will be. How does program design intentionally address how participants will be engaged to explore challenging questions and strive for just communities? Why is this format ideal/best suited to help the community shed light on the topic? (Up to 500 words)
  4. How will your programming elevate the perspectives and life experiences of those who are most impacted by the program’s topic and build towards empowering the community to address such challenging topic(s) in the future? What are the desired outcomes you hope to see and how will you measure success relative the programs timeline/scope? (Up to 500 words)

Fiscal sponsor

Organizations that are not nonprofits may apply using a fiscal sponsor if the fiscal sponsor meets the eligibility requirements. (Nonprofit Association of Oregon has information on fiscal sponsorship.) Please contact Oregon Humanities at (503) 241-0543, ext. 117 prior to initiating a grant proposal to discuss fiscal sponsorships.

Organizations are not eligible for a Responsive Program Grant if any of the following apply.

  • They do not meet the eligibility requirements on the program’s main page.

  • They have already been awarded a Responsive Program Grant in the current year.

  • The proposed project is not open or accessible to the general public.


By signing and submitting a Responsive Program Grant application, the executive director of the applicant organization and the program director are acknowledging compliance with applicable certifications regarding nondiscrimination statutes, debarment, and suspension, as follows.

  • Certification regarding debarment, suspension, ineligibility, and voluntary exclusion—lower-tier covered transactions, 45 CFR 1169

  • Certification regarding nondiscrimination statutes:

    • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), which provides that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination.

    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in programs. 

    • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.

    • The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination. 

    • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101-12213) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment (Title I), state and local government services (Title II), places of public accommodation and commercial facilities (Title III).

ADA access

Any entity that provides service to the public must certify that it is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 USC Sec. 12101, et seq. and subsequent revisions. Helpful information may be found online at this link.  

For further information please contact Jennifer Alkezweeny at



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