Fund Details
Innovation Grant, 2021


Grant Amount: Up to $10,000

Application Deadline: Inquiry form due April 30, 2021; full application due July 31, 2021

Notification: Approximately six weeks after application deadline; projects may begin on Oct. 1, 2021

Completion Date: Projects must be completed within two years of notification

Matching Funds: Applicants must provide at least a 50 percent match in cash or in-kind contributions (e.g., a $10,000 request must show at least $5,000 of matching support)

Grant Booklet: Download and read the grant booklet at

Indiana Humanities' Innovation Grants provide tax-exempt organizations with funds to develop and implement humanities programs that introduce new ideas, utilize unique approaches and/or reach underserved audiences. The goal is to support projects that that apply fresh and inventive components or methods to help people learn new information, consider different perspectives, share ideas and understand one another better. Programs should be creative and stretch boundaries—and they must be open to the public and utilize the humanities as a tool for engagement.

Funding for Indiana Humanities' Innovation Grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency.

Restrictions to Use of Award:

Indiana Humanities will not award grants for any of the following purposes:
  • General operating expenses (i.e., our grants must support the development and implementation of specific public humanities programs)
  • Activities that promote a particular political, religious or ideological point of view
  • Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
  • Support of specific public policies or legislation
  • Lobbying
  • Fundraising
  • Endowment contributions
  • Regranting of funds
  • Purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
  • Property or major equipment purchases
  • Archival acquisitions
  • Programming that falls outside of the humanities, including the creation or performance of art
  • Social services
  • Prizes, awards or scholarships
  • Publication of books
  • Foreign travel
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Entertainment (unless it’s a key educational component of the program)

Begin Accepting Applications Date:
Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
7/31/2021 11:30 PM