Oregon Humanities: Mini Grants For Rural Libraries (Due 1/15/24)

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Mini Grants For Rural Libraries

A grant for rural Oregon libraries to create and host events in their communities

Purpose of this grant

In 2024, Oregon Humanities will award up to $25,000 in funding to enable rural and rural-serving Oregon libraries to create and host events in their own communities.

Events should reflect our 2024 theme, Fear and Belonging. Grantees are welcome to interpret this theme and develop topics that are relevant to their communities. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • What brings us together and what drives us apart?
  • Who is currently included in our democracy, and who is left out?
  • Why do we sometimes fear people who are different from us or don’t belong to the same groups we do?
  • What leads people to embrace hate and violence, and what might lead them in other directions?

Public, volunteer, community college, or tribal libraries and library branches that are located in (or adjacent to and serving) rural or frontier zip codes are eligible. Please see the eligibility section below for all eligibility requirements.

Funding details

Oregon Humanities will award a total of up to $25,000 in Mini Grants for Rural Libraries for 2024. The maximum award per organization is $5,000. This could fund one event or multiple events.

Please note: We review the process and funding levels each year and may make adjustments for future grant cycles.

Grant timeline

  • Applications open: November 6, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. PT
  • Online info session #1: November 14, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Online info session #2: December 4, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. PT
  • Online application assistance session: January 42024, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Applications due: Monday, January 152024, by 5:00 p.m. PT
  • Awards announced: late January 2024
  • Grant period (funded programs/events held): February 1, 2024 through September 30, 2024
  • Final grant report due: October 15, 2024

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Types of events this grant funds

Our Mini Grant for Rural Libraries funds a wide variety of humanities events and activities. 

Public, tribal, community college, or volunteer libraries or library branches located in (or adjacent to and serving) rural or frontier zip codes in Oregon are eligible.

Questions? Please reach out!

Questions about applying or eligibility? Want to share feedback or ideas about this grant? Please contact Dawn Smallman, grants and programs coordinator, at d.smallman@oregonhumanities.org or (503) 241-0543 ext. 123.

Please note that Oregon Humanities staff are available to answer questions Monday through Friday, during normal Pacific Time Zone business hours.


Funding for this program is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust.