Projects Office

The Projects Office of the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities financially supports projects that stimulate the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of humanistic knowledge in the Puerto Rican society. Although we consider humanities projects in general, the Endowment gives priority to projects that are aimed at:

  • Strengthening the teaching of humanities at all educational levels.
  • Bringing the humanities to groups that traditionally do not have access to them.
  • Promoting analysis of current affairs.
  • Encouraging the use of innovative technology.
  • Promoting a greater appreciation of our culture within the context of humanities knowledge; particularly those that contribute to the development of a sense of history and that help to create awareness of the cultural ties that unite us with the Caribbean.


Types of Donations

The Endowment has identified certain specific projects that are of special interest. Funds have been set aside for these projects – Mini Grants and Regular Grants – and the following categories have been instituted.

Mini Grants (grants up to $3,000)
Humanities projects in general. Preference is given to projects in line with the Endowment’s priorities.

Regular Grants (grants up to $20,000)
Humanities projects in general. Preference is given to projects in line with the Endowment’s priorities. Among the topics considered are Educational Media and Technology; Community and Dialogue; Cultural Tourism. Whenever possible, the projects should try to generate some kind of cultural product that presents the activities conducted and gives them continuity.

Seminars for Teachers (grants up to $10,000)
Projects aimed at supporting the professional growth and humanities enrichment of Puerto Rican teachers. Priority will be given to public school teachers and the secondary level, although proposals aimed at other educational levels and private entities can also be considered. Whenever possible, the project should try to produce some kind of tangible materials that are useful for the teaching process.

Publications by Teachers (grants up to $7,000)
Sponsorship is available for the publication of research by teachers at the secondary and university level on humanities topics in general. Sponsored projects become part of the Dr. Arturo Morales Carrión Collection, created in honor of the founder and first Executive Director of the Endowment. The amount awarded varies by publication.

Humanities Month
Once a year, the Endowment makes a special call for projects that are developed exclusively in the month of October, which is traditionally designated as Humanities Month. The amount awarded varies based on the activities proposed. Educational media and technology projects are excluded.

Humanist in Residence (grants up to $10,000)
Through the Humanist in Residence program, communities can designate a person who, for a period of one year, functions as the cultural promoter for the area and develops a varied program of activities as part of community life, including the understanding of its history and its idiosyncrasies.

The nature and topics of the activities should respond to the particular needs of the audience they serve. In the past, projects have included activities such as illustrated lectures, photo exhibitions, oral histories, cinema festivals and others.

The Endowment may offer additional information on specific projects, preparation of proposals, as well as other services available. You are invited to consider all of the options available to you and we hope to be able to collaborate with your initiative.

General Requirements and Criteria

The Endowment decides how to grant the available funds based exclusively on the proposals received. That is why it is important that the documents presented for consideration provide a clear idea of the nature of the project and its reach. As a first step for preparing an application, we recommend you discuss your initiative with the Endowment’s management. This conversation can help verify the project’s eligibility and suggest ways to develop your proposal.

All proposals must meet the following basic requirements:

  • The proposal must be presented by a non-profit entity.
  • The amount requested cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. The sponsoring entity must make a contribution, in money or in kind, that is equal to the amount requested.
  • Participation and attendance at the planned activities must be free of charge for the general public. Projects cannot be designed to generate profits.
  • All cultural products will be considered non-commercial, as the objective is not to recover the money invested in them, but rather to support them for their intrinsic cultural value and to disseminate them more widely.
  • The design of the project and its realization should stimulate active participation by the public.
  • Planned activities must begin after the proposal is approved.
  • Proposals must be presented following the format required by the Endowment in the Guide to Preparing Proposals.

How to apply?

Support is provided for the purpose of matching the efforts of the non-profit entities. To apply for funding from the Endowment, a proposal is presented that conforms to the Guide for Preparing Proposals. Proposals are initially processed based on the amount of funds requested.

Mini Grants (up to $3,000) are evaluated periodically by the Endowment’s Executive Director and two members of the Board of Directors. Submission of a draft proposal and an interview in our offices are required. The application must be delivered with two (2) copies, in addition to the original proposal.

Applications for Regular Grants (over $3,000) are accepted during calls for proposals on publicly announced dates. Submission of a draft proposal and an interview in our offices are required before submission of the final proposal by the date set by the call for proposals. Ten (10) additional copies must be submitted along with the original proposal. These applications will be evaluated, initially by the Proposals Committee, on the assigned dates after the call for proposals closes. Subsequently, the Board of Directors will determine during a regular meeting which proposals will be sponsored. Final decisions will be sent by mail.

If the proposal is approved, the Project Director receives a Letter of Agreement that establishes the conditions under which the funds are granted. Both the Mini Grants and the Regular Grants are disbursed in installments. In the case of Mini Grants, the amount is divided into two payments. In the case of Regular Grants, the amount is divided into four payments. In both cases, the first installment is made once the signed Agreement is received and the last is made when the appropriate use of the funds has been documented.


The Endowment supports (eligible formats)
Many kinds of projects are eligible. In recent years, for example, the Endowment has supported illustrated lectures, congresses, documentaries (post-production phase), radio and television programs, recordings, photo essays, traveling exhibitions, web pages, CD-Rom and cultural tourism guides. Funds have been used, for example, to cover expenses such as honoraria, post-production costs and editing costs.

The Endowment does NOT support (ineligible formats)
The Endowment does NOT grant funds for: research, studies (scholarships), construction or remodeling of buildings, indirect costs, operational expenses, purchase of equipment, conservation of buildings, catalogs, institutional development, refreshments, receptions or trips abroad. The arts – representational, visual or musical – are considered only as an object of study or in their capacity to illustrate the topic of discussion. The Endowment does NOT sponsor artistic projects. Publications are sponsored only when they meet the requirements of the Teachers Publications category or when they are an integral part of a Regular Grant.

The Endowment does NOT sponsor projects or programs to affirm an ideology or with the intention of proselytizing for a specific cause.

Evaluation Criteria

The proposals are evaluated initially for their humanities content and the value they may have for the audience. The documents submitted must show that the project for which funds are being requested has been well thought out and structured. In other words, it has clear goals, personnel and a working plan, as well as a budget that makes it viable. Project Directors are expected to make an internal evaluation of the planned activities and show a genuine interest in serving the community by providing promotion and publicity for their activities. It is essential that the presentation of the proposal and the impartiality with which the topics are addressed show a professional attitude.

Important: Proposals must meet the requirements above to be considered.

Approved Projects