Application Guidelines

1. Obtain a DUNS Number and Register on

Federal law requires Sponsor Organizations to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number registered and active on website to be considered for Federal pass-through funding. Plan ahead-- registration can take anywhere from two to six weeks!  Follow the links below to obtain a DUNS number and to register on the website.  NOTE that registration on the website is encouraged but the requirement has been temporarily lifted until further notice.

OBTAIN a DUNS Number »

REGISTER a DUNS number »

Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, New Mexico History Museum, 2017

Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, New Mexico History Museum, 2017

Consultation and Application Deadlines »

Guidelines & Eligibility »

General Information »

2. Review project in light of Grant Guidelines and requirements.  Register on Grants website and complete the online Eligibility Check/Letter of Intent (LOI).

  • NMHC is transitioning to a new Grants Management software.  A link to register at that site is included under "How to Apply - Online Grant Application" - PLEASE NOTE: clicking on this link will direct the applicant away from the NMHC website to complete the application process.  
  • Prospective applicants should review all guidelines and contact NMHC grants staff with any questions.
  • Review NMHC’s mission, funding exclusions and these Grant Guidelines. Contact NMHC Grants staff (505-633-7370 or via email: with any questions about the proposed project. 
  • All applicants are required to REGISTER on the new Grants website to draft, edit, save, review and submit grant applications. When registering, applicants will be prompted to enter a valid and active email address and create a password. 
  • Complete the online Eligibility Check/Letter of Intent (LOI) form.  Allow one week for this approval. 

3. Plan proposed project carefully

  • Include members of the community to be served as well as humanities scholars in the planning process.

  • Prepare a detailed budget and Identify a qualified Fiscal Agent to be accountable for the expenditures and reporting on the grant.

  • Obtain confirmation letters of support from community partners, scholars and the project evaluator.

  • Allow ample time for drafting online application and consulting with NMHC staff before submission deadline.

4. Complete every section of the online Grant Application in full

  • Required Project Personnel with complete contact information
  • Project Description - Narrative answers to Questions 1 - 11
  • Budget Summary Form and Explanations
  • Supporting Materials (Optional) - Applicants may include scholars' letters of commitment, letters of support from community partners, publicity describing this or previous projects, or evaluations of previous projects. Review size limit for documents and upload with the final application submission.
  • Instructions for Certification -  Electronic signatures of Project Director and Fiscal Agent indicate their approval of this required language on all Federal awards.

5. Consult with NMHC staff re: saved Draft Application

All applicants must consult with NMHC staff before submitting a final grant application. This requirement is intended to improve each applicant’s chances of being funded by dealing with problems, missing information, budget questions, and eligibility issues early enough to allow for corrections.

  • Applicants must prepare and save a draft application for review during consultation.

  • Applicants must schedule a consultation via phone or in person at the NMHC Office. Without consultation, NMHC reserves the right to reject an application.

6. Ensure required signatures are included

Project Director and Fiscal Agent are each required to electronically sign the application.

For more information, contact:

New Mexico Humanities Council

Tel: (505) 633-7370

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