You may not heard of Humanities Iowa before, but you should make a point to learn about them now.
Humanities Iowa is an affiliate of the National Endowments for the Humanities. Each year they fund exhibits, events, publications, films, and of course speakers to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, culture, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation.
Of special interest is that they fund speaking engagements for members of the Humanities Iowa Speaker Bureau list. I’m a member in good standing, but be sure to check out the different speakers and their different topics. Click on the names in the colored column on the left hand side to bring up information about a particular speaker and the topics they present on.
If your group qualifies for a grant, and many do, there is a VERY short and easy grant application. If you are accepted there is a charge of $50 for most programs (there might be some additional costs, such if someone comes from too far you may also be asked to put them up for the night). There are a lot of different topics with various speakers and unlike some years, they haven’t run out of money for this year yet. Their fiscal year runs from Nov. 1 to Nov.1 so a whole new batch of money will be coming out then. They fund programs that are pitched either to adults or to family groups, but NOT kid only programs. Make sure you explain how you will open and advertise your program to everyone if you’re a child heavy or normally a member only group.
Or contact them at:
100 LIB RM 4039
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420
Contact me for available dates. My programs do NOT have to be funded through Humanities Iowa, but it is a good deal.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.