A new grant from Indiana Humanities will provide up to $4,000 for libraries, museums, schools, historical societies and other tax-exempt organizations to develop programs that connect science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) with the humanities (history, literature, philosophy, religion, world languages and culture, etc.). The grant program is part of Indiana Humanities’ new thematic initiative, called Quantum Leap, which explores the spirit of possibility and problem solving that occurs when we bridge the STEM fields with the humanities.
Grant funds are intended to support projects with a public-programming component. Projects can take a variety of formats, including reading and discussion series, exhibitions, radio or film documentary projects, scholar talks, the creation of new curriculum for K-12 students and other creative mediums. The first grant application deadline is July 31, with two more deadlines to be announced in 2018.
“We’re especially eager to support experimental ideas that not only combine STEM and the humanities, but also fuse together formats and methods in unexpected and creative ways,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We encourage organizations to dream up programs that spotlight how Hoosiers have and could create a better society through innovation, as well as how Hoosiers can wrestle with the changes wrought by STEM innovation—which is both exciting and scary.”
Successful proposals will include input from humanities scholars, who could serve as advisers, presenters or facilitators. Applicants should also include scholars from STEM fields when possible. Key themes, inspirational project examples and full application guidelines are available at www.IndianaHumanities.org/Grants.
Funding for Indiana Humanities’ grant programs is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact George Hanlin at 800.675.8897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.