Mellon Public Humanities Grant Funding

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The Community Mini-Grant Program provides supportive funding for small- to mid-scale projects designed to enhance the quality of life in our community by addressing issues of importance to current and potential residents. Recognizing that area nonprofits need to be healthy to advance their important work, grants may also support projects that build organizational and financial capacity for nonprofits serving the Grinnell area.

Grant Guidelines

Support Areas

Funding will focus on initiatives that strengthen the social and economic vitality of our community including cultural, recreational, and educational projects; those addressing human needs; and those enhancing the safety and beauty of our surroundings for the benefit of current and potential Grinnell residents. Grants may also support projects that build organizational and financial capacity for nonprofits serving the Grinnell area.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • demonstrate collaborative partnerships in the community,
  • have connections to the community of Grinnell,
  • improve over what has been done in the past,
  • have the promise of making a meaningful impact on the Grinnell community.

Grant Amounts

The Grinnell College Community Mini-Grant Program supports requests ranging from $1,000–$7,500. Smaller requests for support are considered throughout the year on a case-by-case basis through the Micro-Grant Program


Generally, the Community Mini-Grant Program does not support the following:

  • individuals
  • business ventures
  • non-governmental organizations without IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • organizations that limit membership or services based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, or national origin
  • requests for loans or debt retirements
  • reimbursement for projects that have already taken place or been completed
  • operating expenses or endowment funds for organizations
  • civic/labor/sorority/fraternal groups
  • political organizations
  • high school athletic programs that, due to NCAA regulations, Grinnell College is prohibited from funding — directly or through paid advertisements
  • projects or organizations with no connection to the community of Grinnell
  • projects that already have financial backing from Grinnell College
  • projects or organizations that might in any way pose a conflict with the mission, goals, or programs of Grinnell College

Review Committee

Applications will be reviewed by the Office of Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research in conjunction with an advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, local Grinnell area students, and members of the broader Grinnell community.

  • Donnette Ellis, Program Coordinator, Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research
  • Monica Chavez-Silva, Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Planning
  • Sarah Beisner ’22, Student
  • Taylor Brandt, Customer Relations Manager, Wes Finch Auto Plaza
  • Sarah Burnell, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Head Coach of Men's & Women's Cross Country; Assistant Coach of Men's & Women's Track and Field
  • Sarah Fischer, Director of Admission
  • Christopher Jones, Associate Professor, Library; Special Collections Librarian and Archivist of the College
  • Shawn McKay, Independent
  • Vrinda Varia, Assistant Chief Diversity Officer for Intercultural Student Life, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Past Awards

Mini-Grant History Through 2021

To Apply

  1. The 2021–22 Community Mini-Grant Program will be accepting applications through Oct. 31, 2021. Download the application to apply. Paper applications will be available at the Office of Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research, 1127 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112.
  2. Reach out for general questions. Contact the Office of Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research if you have general questions about the application by email or by phone at 641-269-3900.
  3. Complete and sign your application. Applications need not be submitted on the application form itself, but if typed separately, all questions on the application must be answered. Typed applications should not exceed one page (front and back). Applications must include a project budget (not to exceed one page).
  4. Return the completed application to Community Mini-Grant Review Committee, Office of Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research, Grinnell College, 1127 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112 or by email.
  5. The application needs to be submitted no later than midnight on the due date to be considered. Postmarked by the due date or submitted by email before midnight on the due date.

Application Timing

Two cycles of mini-grants will again be offered in the 2021–22 academic year.

Cycle 1 — Applications must be received by Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. Awards will be announced by Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

Cycle 2 — Applications must be received by Friday, April 8, 2022. Awards will be announced by Friday, May 20, 2022.


All grant recipients will be required to:

  • meet with the Office of Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research regarding the progress of the project and
  • if requested, present the project outcomes to the Mini-Grant Review Committee and the Grinnell College campus community.

For more information, please contact the Office of Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research at 641-269-3900.

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