Grants Programs

Project Grants

The Council awards Project Grants to plan or implement projects that use the humanities to engage people in analyzing issues, and taking part in the meaningful exchange of ideas and opinions.

Planning Grants of up to $1,500 support the preparation of humanities-based public programs, such as convening scholar-advisors, working with community members, and creating interpretive plans.

Project Grants of up to $3,000* support implementation of humanities-based public programs.

*Due to ongoing budget uncertainties, the Council is not currently offering any category of grants over $3,000. We hope to offer larger grants again in 2014. For the latest updates on all available funding opportunities from the Council, please sign up for our bi-monthly Grant News.

Reading and Discussion Grants

The Council awards Reading and Discussion (R&D) Grants and Family Reading and Discussion Grants to support text-based facilitated discussion programs at sites that have previously hosted Council programs. 

Reading and Discussion (R&D) Grants of up to $1,000 support reading and discussion programs for general public adult audiences. Grants for R&D Programs are only available to organizations that have previously hosted Reading Between the Lines.

Family Reading and Discussion (Family R&D) Grants of up to $1,000 support reading and discussion programs for parents and their 9- to 11-year-old children. Grants for Family R&D Grants are intended for libraries that have previously hosted Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents or Unidos—Charlas de libros para niños y padres.

Special Grant Initiatives

In an effort to remain responsive to both statewide commemorations and events, the Council also has Special Grant Initiatives that change each year. Currently, the Council has not identified any special grant initiatives. If you have a suggestion, please contact us!

2014 Special Initiatives

Council Commemorations

The New York Council for the Humanities will play a crucial role over the next several years in commemorating the anniversaries of four major events in the history of New York and the United States.

Sesquicentennial of the Civil War >The bloodiest conflict in the history of the United States never entered the boundaries of New York State.

Anniversary of September 11, 2011 > The Council continues to engage with the legacy of the events of September 11, 2001 through a variety of programs and resources.


Some projects are too big to tackle alone. Our collaborations bring together diverse partners from a wide variety of cultural and non-traditional humanities organizations to share knowledge and expertise so that we can better serve New Yorkers and the public humanities sector. Current activities in this area include:

AfterSandy: Disaster Recovery in New York > When Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, it unleashed catastrophic damage up and down the East Coast. Find out how the Council is helping New York cultural organizations recover and become more resilient and helping New Yorkers reflect and consider what it means to be fully restored.

Contact the Council: We want to hear from you!