Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to benefit rural and BIPOC-serving humanities organizations. Funding is intended to support a range of initiatives, including capacity-building, operating expenses, programming, marketing, communications, and staff development. The program is designed to support BIPOC-led and serving or rural organizations doing equitable community-based humanities work. Grantees will join PA Humanities’ Wingspan Learning Community to meet with peers and learn together throughout the course of the grant.
To apply, you must be a:
- 501(c)(3), educational or government entity. Fiscal sponsors are allowed, but must play an active role in the project and not just serve as a pass-through entity.
- A BIPOC-led and serving organization or a rural organization
- Organization or group with an operating budget under $1.5 million
- An organization or group that uses the humanities in their work
- Must be based in and serve PA residents
BIPOC-led and serving
The language used to describe race and ethnicity is imperfect and always evolving. For the purposes of this grant opportunity, they define BIPOC as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. This includes but is not limited to the following racial and ethnic identities: Asian, South Asian, or Asian American; Black, African, or a part of Africa’s Global Diaspora; Latino/a, Latine/x, Hispanic or Afro-Latino/a; Multi-racial, multi-ethnic, bi-racial; Native American, American Indian, or Indigenous; Pacific Islander, Samoan, or Hawaiian Native; and Persian, Arab, Middle Eastern, or North African.
To be considered a BIPOC-led and serving organization, you must demonstrate that your organization is:
- Founded by and created for BIPOC individuals
- Mission and work focuses on cultivating, promoting, and presenting the heritage, histories, or cultural practices that are representative of BIPOC experiences;
- Led by individuals who identify as BIPOC at the director level
- Strong representation of BIPOC individuals on staff and on board
- Primarily serving individuals in your community who identify as BIPOC
- Located in a primarily BIPOC community
To be considered a rural organization, you must demonstrate that your organization is:
- Located and operates in a county/region that is designated as rural by the Center for Rural PA, see https://www.rural.pa.gov/data/rural-urban-definitions
- Created for and primarily serving rural residents
PA Humanities will offer two virtual information sessions for interested organizations and groups. Please select the date and time that work best for you and sign up using the links below. Pre-registration is required.
- Application period opens: Week of August 28
- Application deadline: Friday, September 29 by 5:00 p.m.
- Award notification: By October 31
Match Requirement: None
PA Humanities staff are happy to provide guidance on completing an application, determining eligibility, addressing budgetary questions, as well as troubleshooting technical difficulties with the electronic form.
The Wingspan Learning Community will meet virtually 6 times throughout 2023 and 2024. Meetings will be roughly two hours. Because they believe that representation and shared lived experience is important, each group will be co-led by PA Humanities staff and facilitators who share similar identities with the cohort members.
They expect to distribute funds to each selected organization on the following schedule:
- November 2023: First $50,000 installment released
- July 2024: Second $50,000 installment released