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.

Our definition of humanistic work is broad and inclusive. It includes any approach to understanding human ideas, practices, and experiences that focuses on how they shape and are shaped by culture, social structures, and our environment. 

Cantwell-Wegman Grants for Public Engagement

Reflecting our 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. 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 additional funds available for those who use grant money for student wages. In normal circumstances, we offer two Cantwell-Wegman grants of up to $3,500 each per year. For the academic year 2020–21, we are reducing grant amounts to $1,500 each, which can be used to support a research assistant for the year or any expenses related to your project. We also offer opportunities for project development as you consider your research agenda for the short and long term.

Cantwell-Wegman Grants for Public Engagement Request Form

Small Grants for Project Completion

Sometimes we all just need a small push to help us complete a project. Our Small Grants for Project Completion program can help staff and faculty make that final push. Whether providing funding for a few extra research assistant hours or to help pay for a service you require to complete your project, the Center for the Humanities is committed to supporting your humanistic research. 

Please consider applying today. The Center director will entertain proposals for funding up to $250.

The only “outcome” we expect is for you to share with us whatever comes of the work.

Small Grants for Domestic and International Collaboration

(This program has been suspended for the 2020–21 academic year.)

Our Small Grants for Collaboration program provides funding to make Grinnell a destination for collaborative research. For 2019–20, we will offer four grants of up to $1,500 each for U.S.-based collaborations and one grant of up to $4,000 for international collaborations. Funds can go toward collaborator travel to Grinnell and meals and lodging while they are in Grinnell. Grants come with no expectation of public talk or other engagements during the visit. We will consider proposals for projects at all stages, from beginnings to final steps. The grants are open to faculty and staff.

Small Grants for Collaboration Request Form

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