Grant Programs

The Center currently offers support for campus programming and faculty and staff research. Please consider us as you plan your next program or embark on your next project.

Cantwell-Wegman Grants for Public Engagement

We are very pleased to announce a new grant program for the 2018-2019 academic year. Reflecting the Center's deep belief in and commitment to public engagement, our Cantwell-Wegman Grants for Public Engagement will support publicly-facing humanistic work by faculty and staff. Each base award will provide $2000 in funding. We are open to supporting projects that translate existing scholarly work into mediums or formats accessible to a wide audience as well as new projects meant for a public audience. We are especially interested in proposals that include collaboration with students, with up to an additional $1500 funds available for those who use grant money for student wages. 

The Center will fund up to three humanistic projects with outcomes involving demonstrable engagement with a public or publics in the United States or abroad. We will support the development of new publicly-facing projects or projects that translate your specialized research into forms accessible to general audiences. Depending on the nature and stage of the project’s development, grant recipients may use funds for materials, student wages, and/or travel to a non-academic presentation venue.

Cantwell-Wegman Grants for Public Engagement Request Form

Small Grants for Domestic and International Collaboration

The Center for the Humanities funds a small grant program to encourage and support collaboration between faculty and staff at Grinnell and colleagues from other institutions. These grants will make it possible for Grinnell faculty and staff to bring collaborators from elsewhere for a handful of days at any stage in a shared project that is broadly humanistic in nature — it could be at the beginning to set up future work (that might be done remotely), in the middle of a project to keep up momentum, or at the end to make a final push. The small grants program begins from the premise that sometimes in-person work is necessary for collaboration to succeed. In the spirit of the Humanities Center-as-incubator, the small grants are meant to support faculty and staff research. There is no expectation of a public talk or class visit.

The Center will sponsor four projects per year involving faculty or staff from institutions located in the United States and is budgeting up to $1500 per visit for travel, lodging, food, and materials. Neither host nor visitor will receive a stipend. The Center is also partnering with the Institute for Global Engagement to support two projects involving international collaboration. These grants will provide up to $5000 in funding per visit for travel, lodging, food, and materials. For both domestic and international visits, the funders will prioritize new or relatively new collaborations, but will also consider projects that are further along.

Small Grants for Collaboration Request Form