How to Apply for a Public Program Grant

Before applying for a Public Program Grant, we ask you to review the criteria and elegibilty on the program's main page and that you read and understand the requirements below.

If you have questions or need assistance at any time please contact Kyle Weismann-Yee at (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 112, or

Submit Letter of Interest here.

Timeline and Grant Periods 

  • Letter of interest submitted online by end-of-day Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Invitation for full proposal announced by Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Full proposals submitted online by end-of-day Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Award decisions announced by mid-February 2020
  • Programming begins after March 1, 2020

All program expenses and activities must take place after March 1, 2020 and during the grant period defined in the proposal by the applicant. Grant periods begin on the first day of the month during which expenses are incurred or activities take place and end on the last day of the month during which expenses and activities cease. 

OH Funding Requests

The average Oregon Humanities grant is $5,500. Oregon Humanities Board may award partial funding, however, grant awards will be no less than 75 percent of the applicants’ funding request. 

Requested Oregon Humanities funding may support program-related expenses that may include but aren’t limited to the following: supplies and materials; project management salaries; printing and duplication; and ADA access. Additionally, applicants may request an indirect cost rate of up to 10 percent of the total request to Oregon Humanities. These costs may include but aren’t limited to the following: payroll processing and audit fees; office equipment purchases or maintenance not directly related to the project.

Note: Available funding for the 2020 cycle of Public Program Grants may be affected by the 2020 federal budget.

ADA Information from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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

Matching Requirements

Oregon Humanities Public Program Grant requests should not constitute more than 50 percent of your program budget. All grant awards must be matched at least 1:1 with earned, contributed, or in-kind support from the applicant or co-applicant. 

In-kind cost share is the dollar value of goods and services contributed to the program by third parties. For example, if a printer donates services,the dollar value of the contribution should be reflected in your budget as in-kind cost share. Please be sure that in-kind contributions are reflected in both the revenue and expense sections of your budget. You may value volunteer time at $25.43/hour when calculating in-kind cost share.

OMB Circulars

All Public Program Grants awarded by Oregon Humanities are federal in origin. They are subject to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars governing administrative requirements, allowable costs, and audit requirements. It is the applicant’s responsibility to become familiar with these requirements, which may be found online at


By signing and submitting the letter of interest form, the executive director of the applicant organization and the program director are providing the applicable federal certifications regarding compliance with 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.)

    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794)

    • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.)

    • Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.)

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