Reading and Discussion Grants

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The New York Council for the Humanities awards Reading & Discussion Grants of up to $1,000 to support organizations in developing reading and discussion programs for general public audiences. R&D Grants are only available to organizations that have previously hosted one of the Council's Adult Reading & Discussion Programs.

Who is eligible?

R&D Grants are available by application to any New York state tax-exempt organization that has previously hosted and successfully completed at least one of the Council's reading and discussion programs for adults, including past programs such as Reading Between the Lines, Meaning of Service, or Literature & Medicine.

How do I apply?

Applications for a 2016-2017 R&D Grant are due June 24, 2016.

Before applying for an R&D Grant, please read the application form in its entirety. The application requires you to submit the resume of your proposed scholar-facilitator, as well as a budget and syllabus for your proposed program.

The application for a R&D Grant can be found here: R&D GRANT APPLICATION.

The budget and syllabus forms can be found here:



All applicants are encouraged to discuss any questions about these guidelines or application materials with Program Officer Adam Capitanio at 212.233.1131 or

If my application is awarded, when will I receive the grant funds?
Funded programs will receive their award in two payments. The first payment is made on or after November 1, after receipt of the signed grant agreement and the submission of your session dates to our calendar of events. The second payment is due upon completion of the grant-awarded program sessions and submission of the required final reporting.

Program Roles:

  • Host-Site Coordinator: Representative of the host organization who gathers application materials, schedules session dates and books the venue, recruits and publicizes for the series, ensures that participants have texts, and submits final budgeting to the Council.
  • Scholar-Facilitator: A humanities scholar from the community who may collaborate with the host-site coordinator to develop a theme and syllabus for the series. Plans and leads all discussion sessions.
  • Participants: Members of the community who agree to attend all the sessions and engage in thoughtful civically engaged discussions. Commit to read all of the texts for the series.
  • Fiscal Officer: A representative of the host organization who is not the host-site coordinator. Receives checks for monies awarded by the Council.