Public Humanities Seed Grants

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The Public Humanities Seed Grant program aims to provide support for creative, collaborative, and experimental public humanities projects imagined broadly. The purpose of this program is to seed public-facing humanities projects by helping to remove initial barriers, allow for experimentation, and foster collaboration. Seed grant funds are awarded in the amount of up to $1000 and are open to UBC faculty, staff, and graduate students. Sample projects may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • A digital humanities or media project including digital archives, online exhibits, mapping projects, podcasts, video projects, etc.
  • A public humanities course with applied projects or field visits (view sample syllabi)
  • An on-campus project or engagement that is open to the public including a film festival, exhibit, public dialogue, symposium, workshop, etc.
  • A community project co-created with members of a defined public (like partnering with a local organization to co-produce some kind of community programming)

Seed grant funds may be used for costs associated with catering, venue rentals, software subscriptions (if not offered by UBC), web hosting, film licensing fees, speaker honoraria, travel or museum admission (when allowed), research assistant support and more. Once awarded, recipients must meet with and discuss plans with Mary Chapman, Director of the Hub. 

Recipients agree to submit invoices/receipts to the Hub, a final brief report on the project supported by the seed grant, and be featured in Hub communications (including our website, annual report, and social media). Any promotion of your project should include the Hub logo and note that this is a Public Humanities Hub-funded project. Depending on your project, the Hub may be able to provide communications and event support. 

Fill out the application form and submit it through the link below. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed monthly. At least $15,000 in seed funding is available for 2021-2022. 

Application Form (Word)