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About Rapid Grants

  • Awarded four times per year
  • Awards up to $5,000  
  • Provides funding for projects with a smaller scope and duration than Regular Grants 
  • Intended for projects lasting up to nine months 
  • Period of performance is nine months starting from decision date  
  • Next Application Open: April 1, 2024 
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: April 30, 2024   
  • Decisions announced within  forty-five days of application deadline 
  • Rapid Grants are paid out in full (100%) after decision date 
  • Up-to-date nonprofit status 
  • Grantees may not apply in two grant opportunities at the same time 
  • Grantees may not apply to an opportunity (Rapid or Regular), if they were awarded a grant in the cycle immediately prior to the current cycle. 
  • Grantees may not have two grants open at the same time. 
  • Grantees must complete a final report and have it approved before applying for a new grant.
  • Grantees may receive funding for the same project in two different grant cycles, but not for a third time.
  • Grantees may receive funding for a planning grant and an implementation grant, but not for a third time.
  • Community forums and public discussions, including book or film discussion programs
  • Community history projects, including oral histories
  • Conferences and symposia, academic conferences where there is a strong public component
  • Curriculum resources for K-12 classroom use
  • Exhibits—physical and/or online   
  • Festivals and interpretive performances
  • Institutes and similar programs for teachers
  • Lectures and lecture series
  • Media programs: production of films, script development, videos, television, radio, podcasts, websites, or digital media  
  • Project planning
  • Print publications—books, brochures, exhibit catalogs, and interpretive maps   
  • Research that leads to programs having a direct public audience   
  • Travel expenses for project personnel (mileage and meals) 

Grant Funding May Not Support:

  • Advocacy or political action; programs that promote a particular policy or point of view
  • Creative or performing arts, unless used in a supporting role to enhance discussion
  • Courses for credit, except those designed especially for teachers
  • Indirect costs
  • International travel
  • Awards or gifts
  • Building construction, restoration, or renovation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • The Rapid Grant budget is embedded in the application
  • Do not substitute a different budget format or table
  • Sample budgets can be found in the FAQ section

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