This just in... Grant deadlines announced for historic preservation, humanities initiative grants Indiana Humanities Council funds non-profit humanities projects up to $2,000 INDIANAPOLIS - Nonprofits around the state planning public programming that emphasizes the humanities or organizations planning educational projects that relate to historic preservation are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Indiana Humanities Council. "The core mission of the Indiana Humanities Council is to encourage Hoosiers to think, read, and talk," said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council. "Through these grants, we're able to support outstanding projects throughout the state that encourage citizens to do just that. We look forward to celebrating the humanities with various nonprofits - and their communities - around the state in 2010." Humanities Initiative Grants Who: Nonprofit organizations When: The Indiana Humanities Council offers two deadlines for Humanities Initiative Grants in the upcoming year. The application for the first round is due Feb. 1, 2010. The second deadline will be Aug. 2, 2010. For: Nonprofits that wish to sponsor public programs that contain a strong focus on the humanities, such as town hall meetings, workshops, lectures, reading and discussion programs, festivals, etc. In 2010, the Indiana Humanities Council is launching a special theme program entitled "Food for Thought." Grant applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that consider food in the context of Indiana history and culture. Amount: Up to $2,000. Historic Preservation Education Grants (HPEG) In partnership with Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Who: Organizations creating educational projects related to historic properties in Indiana. One-third of the HPEG will be reserved for qualified projects that are aimed at developing K-12 curriculum materials. When: A prospectus form is due March 1, 2010, and the deadline for the application is April 16, 2010. For: Eligible projects include lectures, conferences, the production of audiovisual or printed materials such as guides to historic homes and walking tour brochures, and heritage or cultural tourism programs. Amount: Up to $2,000. For more information (and to download a copy of the grants), visit www.indianahumanities.org/Grants or contact Nancy Conner at 317.638.1500, ext. 128, 1.800. 675.8897, ext. 128, or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the past five years the Indiana Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded 254 grants totaling more than $330,000 to nonprofit groups in 73 Indiana cities and towns. The Indiana Humanities Council connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read, talk and listen. As a convener, leader and partner, the Council promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana's community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.