Funding Criteria

Humanities Content

The content and method of the humanities must be central to all aspects of the project. Projects must foster an understanding of the humanities disciplines or apply the humanities to topics of public concern. Teachers and scholars in the humanities must be involved in planning, presenting, and evaluating the project. Humanities scholars are persons who by reason of graduate education, teaching, research, or publications are deemed to be professionals in humanities disciplines.

Balance of Perspectives

Project activities should avoid bias and provide for a diversity of views and perspectives. The topics may be controversial, but their treatment must be even-handed.

Project Organization

  • Humanities
    The proposal should reflect a planning process, format, and promotional strategy designed to insure the centrality of the humanities and broad public accessibility.
  • Planning
    The project should have a planning committee that contains both humanities scholars and members of the intended audience. A timetable for project implementation should demonstrate that the sponsor has thoroughly considered all aspects of the project.
  • Format
    Program formats should promote discussion and the exchange of ideas and perspectives. They should offer an educational experience that fosters understanding, attempts to clarify issues and priorities, explores alternatives, and encourages participants to draw their own conclusions.
  • Promotion
    The proposal should indicate the nature and size of the audience anticipated and how the sponsor intends to build that audience.
  • Evaluation
    Program evaluation and assessment in terms of the guidelines and objectives of the Delaware Humanities Forum and the sponsoring organization should be a part of every project.
  • Access
    All programs must conform to the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other Federal regulations regarding non-discrimination and eligibility for Federal funds.

Project Budget

Every proposal must contain a budget summary and detail of the total costs for the project. Budgets should reflect proposed activities accurately and in sufficient detail so that reviewers can easily relate specific budget items to project activities. The Delaware Humanities Forum awards matching grants. That means that all grant funds must be matched equally by the sponsor. This match is often referred to as cost-share. Sponsor cost sharing takes the form of cash or in-kind contributions to the project. Examples of in-kind cost-share include the use of facilities and equipment, the donated time of people participating in the project, or other donations for which a fair market value can be determined. Most organizations match our grants with documented contributions of volunteer time and organizational services.