Consider This Mini Grant for Rural Libraries

A grant for hosting local versions of Oregon Humanities’ popular conversation program in rural libraries

Oregon Humanities will award $24,000 in funding to enable rural Oregon libraries to create and host their own events in partnership with our Consider This program. Events should reflect the theme of our 2021–22 Consider This series: American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes. Libraries, including branches, located in rural or frontier zip codes that have annual operating budgets of less than $1.5 million are eligible.

In planning our 2021–22 Consider This series, Oregon Humanities is taking into account that the state of Oregon, like most of the country, is working through significant challenges to the foundations and institutions of our shared cultural fabric and our republic. Oregon has recently redrawn congressional districts after adding a seat to the US House of Representatives; will soon enter only its second gubernatorial election season with no incumbent in 25 years; and will continue to respond to public calls for police reform following the murder of George Floyd and more than 100 days of consecutive protests. Regions throughout Oregon are also grappling with challenges related to too little water and too much fire. The theme of this year’s series—American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes—will provide a frame to explore the origins and aspirations of our nation and our state. These conversations with civic leaders, activists, artists, scholars, writers, and others will continue to aid Oregonians in reflecting on where the state and nation have been and sparking ideas for directions we could go.

Funding Details

The maximum funding award is $2,000 per event. Oregon Humanities will fund a total of 12 events annually. Libraries can apply for funding for up to three events.


  • Applications open: November 8, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. PT
  • Applications due: December 23, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. PT
  • Awards announced: mid-January 2022
  • Funded programs/events held: mid-January–July 31, 2022
  • Grant reports due: August 20, 2022


Currently closed for submissions.


Organizations Eligible for This Funding

  • Public, tribal, or volunteer libraries (or library branches) in Oregon 
  • Applicants must have an organizational budget under $1.5 million for their most recently completed fiscal year, unless the applicant is a federally recognized tribe.
  • If the applicant is a library branch, the $1.5 million budget cap applies to the branch’s organizational budget.
  • Libraries/library branches must be located in Oregon rural or frontier zip codes. (We use the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s definition of rural and frontier communities as locations in Oregon ten or more miles from the center of a population center of 40,000 people or more.) See this list of zip codes to determine whether your library is located in a rural or frontier area.
  • Libraries/library branches (other than libraries owned by tribal governments) must be nonprofits (as reported to the IRS and with an existing EIN) and registered with the State of Oregon as a charitable organization.
  • All current and past Oregon Humanities grant awardees must be in good standing with past awards in order to be eligible to apply for funding.

Approved Activities for Awards

The Consider This Mini Grant for Rural Libraries can support program-related expenses that may include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Honoraria for conversation facilitators and featured conversation participants (excluding audience members)
  • Costs of hosting of up to three total events
  • Program/event planning costs, including planning and management labor
  • Event space rental costs
  • Labor and technical support for online events
  • COVID-19 safety supplies for hosting in-person events (masks, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Event advertising
  • Documenting the program through production of video, audio, digital/print publication

Note: If the applicant is a library branch, all grant-funded activities and events need to be held within the branch’s zip code.

Criteria and Selection Standards

The following criteria will be used by Oregon Humanities’ grant review committee:

  • How well the proposed events are in alignment with the theme: American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes and the program’s goals stated above
  • Clear articulation of descriptions for the event(s)
  • Clear articulation of how funding would be used
  • Costs are reasonable and appropriate to applicant’s operating budget and to the program/events being proposed for funding
  • Anticipated back-up plan in case in-person gatherings are restricted by state or local authorities
  • Alignment with Oregon Humanities’ mission, vision, and core values
  • Alignment with Oregon Humanities’ funding priority values and funding priority groups

Review answers to frequently asked questions

Review Ineligibility, Restrictions and Compliance Standards

Oregon Humanities offers programs and publications that help Oregonians connect, reflect, and learn from one another. To be notified when Oregon Humanities grants open for submissions, and to learn about opportunities for grant application assistance, please sign up for our e-newsletter.

Questions about applying or eligibility? Want to share feedback or ideas about this grant? Contact Dawn Smallman, grants and programs coordinator, at or (503) 241-0543 ext. 110. Please note that Oregon Humanities staff are available to answer questions Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.

This programming is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, The Standard, and Stoel Rives LLP.


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