Humanities Council set to award grants

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ST. CROIX - The V.I. Humanities Council is getting ready to award competitive grants to projects and programs across the territory that have goals to advance local culture, creative community expression and V.I. history through the humanities.

Semaj Johnson, council member, said the grant awards are for $3,500 and $10,000, and programs funded by the Humanities Council have provided the people of the Virgin Islands with new ways of looking at themselves and the world by strengthening their sense of place, of personal identity and civic responsibility.

The next grant deadline is next month for interested parties, and applicants do not have to be affiliated with a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation to apply, he said.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations, institutions or groups, which do not need to be incorporated or tax-exempt. An organization that is not incorporated must present proof the organization exists. By-laws or a letter that states the organization exists will suffice. Eligible applicants include civic groups, school boards, PTAs, teacher associations, service clubs, libraries, museums, historical societies, church groups, professional organizations, labor unions, public television and radio stations, divisions of the university and agencies of state and local government.

Johnson said the council does not provide any funding directly to individuals to carry out projects, but individuals can apply on behalf of a group or organization. The council operates two main grant categories: The major grant category includes requests for more than $3,500 and up to $10,0000, and the mini grant category includes requests up to $3,500.

The council also operates a Teacher Incentive Grant Program aimed at helping teachers improve humanities courses, to develop new classes or teaching units and to pilot model projects.

"This grant program carries an award of up to $750," he said.

The deadline for this grant cycle is in January, and the major grants are awarded on the first working day of July and October. Mini grants are awarded four times a year - on the first working days of January, April, July and October.

Organizations applying for grants should give themselves time to be awarded the grant ahead of when the project is expected to start, and Johnson suggested that applications be submitted no less than eight weeks prior to commencement of the proposed project.

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