New Mexico Humanities Council Grant Program
New Mexico Humanities Council grants are pass-through awards of Federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Grant awards must be matched by other sources to equal or exceed the amount of the award. This requirement can be satisfied entirely with in-kind contributions, such as donated facilities, services, and time or with sponsor’s cash or program income. Federal pass-through grants require a lot of paperwork, with backup documentation and receipts kept in order for three years for auditing purposes. Project Director and Fiscal Agent must both be aware of requirements and keep accurate and complete records for reporting purposes.
New Grant Requirement: Moving from DUNS Number to Unique Entity ID (UEI)
In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) nonprofit organizations and government entities – must provide a valid Unique Entity ID (UEI) to receive a New Mexico Humanities grant award.
The UEI requirement will replace the DUNS number requirement, effective April 4, 2022. (Note: New NMHC applications will be updated to reflect a place to enter the UEI for the May 2022 grant deadline).
What is an UEI, and why do I need one?
SAM UEIs are federally issued UEIs obtained through SAM.gov, an Entity Validation Service, which independently verifies the uniqueness of an entity by confirming that there is no existing registration for that legal business name and address. This ensures that SAM UEIs are unique.
As a recipient of federal funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Mexico Humanities Council must require its grantees to provide a SAM UEI.
Is an UEI the same as a DUNS number, Tax ID, or FEIN?
No it is not. The FEIN or Tax ID number relates to federal tax-exempt status. The SAM UEI is for identification of unique entities.
Who Needs an UEI?
If you are applying for an NMHC grant then your organization will need one. All organizations – including (but not limited to) nonprofit organizations and government entities – must have a UEI to receive a New Mexico Humanities Council grant award.
How Does My Organization Get a UEI?
Request a UEI via SAM.gov.
What Information Will I Need to Provide?
(subject to change)
Legal name of organization
Physical address (and PO box if you have one)
Name of the authorizing official (e.g., president, director, etc.)
The purpose of your organization.
Can Anyone Register My Organization?
Not just anyone. Must be an authorizing official (someone who can legally represent the organization) should request the SAM UEI.
How Much Does it Cost?
There is no fee.
Please check out these guides for more guidance:
Get an UEI PDF help guide.
NMHC Grant Program
Other Grant Considerations
• Any organization that receives funding from NMHC is welcome to apply again only after a current grant has successfully closed. If the program activities described are different from the previous grant, the Council will consider it a legitimate request and not a form of continued funding for the same project.
• NMHC will fund requests to the fullest extent possible based on available resources and competitiveness of applications submitted. Applicants must show a minimum 1:1 match for grant funds requested composed of Sponsor's Matching Cash and In-Kind Donations, Third Party Cash, or Project Income. The average amount granted by NMHC is $5,500.
• Preference will be given for outreach to new and/or historically underserved audiences, new venues or locations, the participation of new scholars in NMHC projects and/or projects that involve under-represented humanities disciplines.
• Preference will be given to applicants for targeted strategic programming instead of catch-all programming or for an add-on humanities component.
• All award decisions made by the NMHC Board as recommended by the NMHC Grant Committee are final.
NOTE: In 2023 we will not be accepting grant applications in May.
NMHC staff offer an opportunity for applicants to prepare and submit a draft and review it in detail together for feedback on the proposal's completeness and competitiveness in time to edit and improve the application before final submission at the grant deadline. All returning and new applicants are required to participate in a consultation.
Consultation and application deadlines will be updated as necessary.
Visit our grants management portal to create a profile and begin the screening and application process.
Draft & Consultation Deadline
* - Application Deadline is midnight, Mountain Daylight Time
What are public humanities programs?
Public: Projects should connect the public with the humanities at no cost and be accessible. Programs with nominal costs must demonstrate in the application how funds support program goals. Audiences are expected to be primarily adults and families. Programs are expected to be widely advertised and held at times and in locations accessible to the general public.
**NOTE for Colleges and Universities**
NMHC accepts applications from colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to reach an audience beyond the campus community. Applications should show community collaboration, a well-defined outreach and publicity plan and stated audience goals.
Humanities: The act that established the National Endowment for the Humanities says, "The term humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." NMHC will also fund projects that deal with the historical and human values aspects of science and technology.
Programs: They may vary as widely as New Mexico's communities and audiences. These programs bring scholars and the public together in a dialogue that enhances the civic and cultural life of the citizens of the state. For examples of recent programs funded by NMHC, subscribe to the NMHC E-newsletter, or request a grant sample. Note the deadlines, and required consultations listed on the website. Prospective applicants uncertain if their project qualifies are encouraged to call or email grant program officers at NMHC.
For more information, contact:
New Mexico Humanities Council
Tel: (505) 633-7370