Fund Details
Action Grant 2021
Award Amount


Grant Amount: Up to $3,000

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with review at the end of each calendar month

Notification: Within four weeks of the application deadline; projects may begin six weeks after the application deadline

Completion Date: Projects must be completed within one year of notification

Matching Funds: Applicants must provide at least an equal match in cash or in-kind contributions (e.g., a $3,000 request must show at least $3,000 of matching support)

Grant Booklet: Download and read the grant booklet at

Indiana Humanities' Action Grants provide tax-exempt organizations with funds to develop and implement responsive and meaningful humanities programming. The goal is to support projects that help people learn new information, consider different perspectives, share ideas and understand one another better. Programs may come in a variety of formats—workshops, presentations, reading/discussion programs, exhibitions, podcasts, film documentaries and more—as long as they're open to the public and utilize the humanities as a tool for engagement.

Funding for Indiana Humanities' Action 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)