Public Program Grants

Once each year, Oregon Humanities’ volunteer board of directors awards Public Program Grants in support of programs across Oregon that explore challenging questions and strive for just communities. Our Public Program Grant funds a wide variety of programs and activities, including community dialogues, lectures, online engagements, storytelling formats that center undertold experiences, programming that connects exhibits to current experiences, and culturally specific and intercultural events.

Funding Details

Oregon Humanities will award a total of up to $125,000 in PPG awards for 2022. The maximum award per organization is $10,000. Organizations are limited to one application per grant cycle.


Currently closed for applications.


  • Applications open: Monday, January 10, 2022
  • Online office hour for applicants with questions: Monday, February 7, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT. Email to receive the zoom link.
  • Applications due: Monday, March 7, 2022, by noon PT
  • Awards announced: late April 2022
  • Funded programs/events held: May 2, 2022–April 30, 2023
  • Interim Grant report due: November 2, 2022
  • Final Grant report due: May 30, 2023


Applicants Must:

  • Be incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of Oregon or be a federally recognized tribe in Oregon. Nonprofit applicants must be registered as a 501(c)(3) organization located in Oregon and be registered with the State of Oregon as a charitable organization.
  • Be able to complete an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) W-9 form in order to receive an award payment from Oregon Humanities.
  • Have an organizational budget under $1.5 million for their most recently completed fiscal year if the applicant is not a federally recognized tribe. Note: if receiving emergency federal relief funding placed your organization over our $1.5 million budget limit, please email Dawn Smallman, grants and programs coordinator, at to request permission to apply for this grant. In our email, please include the source and amount of the emergency federal relief funding you received.
  • Have a current Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number or a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number—also known as a SAM number—at the time of grant application.
    • Important note: On April 4, 2022, the US federal government switched from requiring our grantees to have DUNS numbers to requiring our grantees have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) issued by Grant awardees will need to have their UEI number secured by late April so Oregon Humanities can issue them a grant award payment.
    • For instructions on how to register for a UEI number, please watch Get A Unique Entity ID (SAM)Please note that you do not have to do a full entity registration in order to get your UEI. If you do not already have an entity registration in and you simply want to obtain a UEI, begin watching the short video at timestamp 2:30.
    • For further instructions, visit Help For the Transition from DUNS to UEI or

Requirements for Applicants Who Have Received Prior OH funding:

  • Must be in good standing with past awards in order to be eligible to apply for funding.
  • Must not have received Oregon Humanities Public Program Grants consecutively in the previous two cycles. Organizations awarded a Public Program Grant in both 2020 and 2021 are not eligible to apply for a 2022 Public Program Grant and must wait until the 2023 grant cycle to be eligible to apply again.

Matching Fund (Cost Share) Requirements:

  • Oregon Humanities Public Program Grant requests should not constitute more than fifty percent of your program’s budget. All grant award dollars must be matched at least 1:1 with earned, contributed, or in-kind support from the applicant or co-applicant. 
  • In-kind support is the dollar value of goods and services donated to your program by third parties. For example, if a printer donates services, the dollar value of the donation should be included in your budget as an in-kind contribution. Please be sure that in-kind contributions are reflected in both the revenue and expense sections of your budget when applicable. You may value volunteer time at $28.54/hour when calculating in-kind volunteer labor.

Approved Activities for Awards

Public Program Grants can support program-related expenses that may include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Honoraria for facilitators and featured participants (excluding audience members)
  • Program/event planning costs, including project planning and management salaries
  • Supplies and materials
  • Event space rental costs
  • Labor and technical support for online events
  • COVID-19 safety supplies for hosting in-person events (masks, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Event advertising
  • Printing and duplication
  • Equipment purchased to specifically support the program being proposed for funding. This type of purchase cannot exceed 10% of the total amount of the grant request.
  • ADA access (note: capital expenditures are not allowed)
  • Applicants may request an indirect cost rate of up to 10 percent of the total award request. These costs may include but aren’t limited to payroll processing, audit fees, office equipment (for general office purposes), purchases, or maintenance not directly related to the program.
  • Documenting the program through production of video, audio, digital/print publication
  • Programs can be in multiple languages or be in a language other than English. (Please note: grant reporting must be in English.)

Criteria and Selection Standards

The following criteria will be used by Oregon Humanities’ grant reviewing committee:

  • How well the proposed program is in alignment with the purpose and goals of the PPG grant—programs that explore challenging questions and strive for just communities—and how well the proposed program approaches these key aspects:
    • Centering those most affected. Program planning, topics, content, and outreach should respond to and engage with the life experiences, perspectives, and knowledge held by those most impacted by the topic.
    • Helping communities explore complex topics. Program format and content should help participants deepen their understanding of the topic and its complexities. Organizations should demonstrate why they are the ones to be leading this programming on the topic.
    • Building community voice and power. Programming should demonstrate a strategy to amplify the perspectives and life experiences of those most impacted by the program’s topic. Programming should build toward addressing complex topics with actionable steps identified by the organization along with the community.
    • Timely and responsive. Program topic should demonstrate relevance to or feedback from the community and the intended audience(s) of the program.
  • Clear articulation of the program proposed for funding
  • Clear articulation of how funding would be used
  • Costs are reasonable and appropriate to applicant’s operating budget and to the program/events being proposed for funding
  • A clear back-up plan is included, in case in-person gatherings are restricted by state or local authorities. We encourage applicants to follow the State of Oregon’s health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 and to articulate alternate program plans, such as virtual programming, rotating participants, or limited in-person participation.
  • Alignment with Oregon Humanities’ mission, vision, and core values
  • Alignment with Oregon Humanities’ funding priority values and funding priority groups.
  • A minimum goal of 60 percent of awarded funds will go to organizations that qualify as one or both of our funding priority groups.

Note: Available funding for the 2023 cycle of Public Program Grants may be affected by the 2022 federal budget.

Funding Priority Groups

Oregon Humanities is committed to funding organizations across Oregon. Knowing that we have limited grant funds to award and are committed to funding organizations and communities that have historically been underserved, we prioritize funding to Oregon organizations that are based in and led by rural communities (using the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s definition of rural as locations in Oregon ten or more miles from the center of a population center of 40,000 people or more) and/or organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Ineligibility, Restrictions, and Compliance Standards for Grant Awards

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions about applying or eligibility? Want to share feedback or ideas about this grant? Please contact Dawn Smallman, grants and programs coordinator, at or (503) 241-0543 ext. 123. Note that Oregon Humanities staff are available to answer questions Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.

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