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Purpose of this grant
In 2024, Oregon Humanities will award up to $25,000 in funding to enable rural and rural-serving Oregon libraries to create and host events in their own communities.
Events should reflect our 2024 theme, Fear and Belonging. Grantees are welcome to interpret this theme and develop topics that are relevant to their communities. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
- What brings us together and what drives us apart?
- Who is currently included in our democracy, and who is left out?
- Why do we sometimes fear people who are different from us or don’t belong to the same groups we do?
- What leads people to embrace hate and violence, and what might lead them in other directions?
Public, volunteer, community college, or tribal libraries and library branches that are located in (or adjacent to and serving) rural or frontier zip codes are eligible. Please see the eligibility section below for all eligibility requirements.
Oregon Humanities will award a total of up to $25,000 in Mini Grants for Rural Libraries for 2024. The maximum award per organization is $5,000. This could fund one event or multiple events.
Please note: We review the process and funding levels each year and may make adjustments for future grant cycles.
- Applications open: November 6 at 9:00 a.m. PT
- Online info session #1: November 14 at 10:00 a.m. PT
- Online info session #2: December 4 at 1:00 p.m. PT
- Online application assistance session: January 4, 2024, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. PT
- Applications due: Monday, January 15, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. PT
- Awards announced: late January 2024
- Grant period (funded programs/events held): February 1, 2024 through September 30, 2024
- Final grant report due: October 15, 2024
A 2023 Forest Grove City Library event about housing discrimination in Oregon, in partnership with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.
Types of events this grant funds
Our Mini Grant for Rural Libraries funds a wide variety of humanities events and activities. .
Activities this grant does not fund
There are some restrictions on what the Mini Grant for Rural Libraries can fund. .
Past grant recipients
This grant has supported important conversations and programs at libraries throughout Oregon. .
Eligibility requirements for applicants
Public, tribal, community college, or volunteer libraries or library branches located in (or adjacent to and serving) rural or frontier zip codes in Oregon are eligible. .
How to apply for this grant
To apply for a Mini Grant for Rural Libraries, follow these steps. .
Support for grant applicants
Oregon Humanities offers many types of support to help grant applicants write their strongest grant application. .
Support for grant recipients
Oregon Humanities offers grantees support in managing and reporting on grant-funded programs or events. .
Grant application review process
We rely on an application review committee as well as criteria, selection standards, and a scoring rubric to make funding decisions. .
Questions? Please reach out!
Questions about applying or eligibility? Want to share feedback or ideas about this grant? Please contact Dawn Smallman, grants and programs coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 241-0543 ext. 123.
Please note that Oregon Humanities staff are available to answer questions Monday through Friday, during normal Pacific Time Zone business hours.
Funding for this program is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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