2016 - 17 Special Initiative: Pulitzer Prize Centennial
In 2016, the North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize Foundation. In addition to council run programming, we are inviting community partners and nonprofits to submit grant applications to the NDHC for projects highlighting Pulitzer Prize winners. All projects seeking funding should deepen and inspire the public’s engagement with and understanding of the value of great literature, history, music, drama, and journalism. The NDHC is seeking projects that fulfill one or more of the following criteria: 1. inspire new generations to be interested in pursuing letters or journalism 2. broaden audiences for high-caliber writing or journalism such as that exemplified by Pulitzer winners 3. use Pulitzer Prize-winning materials and writers in imaginative ways 4. foster news literacy (“Why News Matters,” a grant making program of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, defines news literacy as the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and information sources.)
We welcome applications for book discussions, talks, communiversity courses, plays, musical interpretations, author readings, classroom visits, school programs, and more. Grants taking part in this special initiative will receive funding preference from the NDHC in 2016.
2017-18 Special Initiative: Justice - Rethinking America's Criminal Justice System
Justice is one of America’s founding principles. Yet, many in our country feel as if our system of justice has failed them. Although America is home to less than 5% of the world’s total population, we boast almost 25% of the world’s prison population. How did we get here? In 2017-2018, the North Dakota Humanities Council is seeking to fund projects focused on justice in America, including racial disparity, poverty, mass incarceration, the death penalty, children in prison, and restorative justice initiatives.
2018-19 Special Initiative: Being Mortal- The limits of medicine, creative new approaches to healthcare, and conversations about what really matters in the end.