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NEH Mini-Grant Application

Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Mini-Grant Application

We are pleased to announce the annual NEH Mini-Grant available through OCTC’s Humanities Department and Common Reading program.  Those community agencies or groups wishing to apply for funds from the OCTC NEH Mini-Grant will review the guidelines below and complete the application process.

Funding will be granted in any amount, up to $2000.  These funds may be granted to one or more agencies in a given academic year.

The OCTC NEH Mini-Grant is made possible in conjunction with the OCTC NEH Endowment (initiated in 2011 with an NEH Challenge Grant and completed in 2017). The grant serves to promote and support the humanities at OCTC with programs such as the Common Reading program, the Global Studies program, as well as many others. The purpose of the mini-grant component is to support complementary programs throughout the OCTC service area.

Successful applicants will submit a short mid-point progress report, a short summative report (template provided below: End-of-Project Evaluation Form), and provide results from an evaluation of the project (template provided below: Event Survey).

Ideally, funding must be used within the indicated time frame to coincide with OCTC programming, but longer valuable projects related to literacy will also receive consideration.

2019-2020 Academic year will encompass:

Fall 2019 selection: The novel We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride
Beyond the broader themes of literacy and the importance of reading and the humanities, some related themes particular to this book might include: the nature of humanity, kindness, and forgiveness; PTSD and veterans issues; law enforcement policies; immigrant support and rights; child abuse and neglect and support systems; domestic violence; turning tragedy to triumph; and more.  For further information:  Laura McBride's website

Spring 2020 selection:  The spring 2020 book has yet to be announced; however, our focus for the semester, among varied themes, will be Kentucky history and culture.  Our Common Reading program often features books about, or set-in, Kentucky or by Kentucky-based authors.

The OCTC NEH Mini-Grant Committee will review all applications by September 30th; all applicants will be notified by October 20th.

Watch OCTC Common Reading's Facebook page for updates:   

Applications submitted by the deadline will be given priority consideration; applications submitted after the deadline will be given secondary consideration, dependent on the availability of funds.


Upon completion of the project selected, please complete the two following forms and submit your feedback via email to Thank you!