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Partnership for Public Humanities

The Community History Development Fund (CHDF) has become the Partnership for Public Humanities (PPH).  The PPH provides financial support to nonprofit partners for public humanities projects. It is designed to encourage nonprofits to use humanities projects--those that engage the audience’s skills of inquiry, analysis, and reflection, and provide the historical and social contexts with which to do so--to strengthen work in their communities.  

PPH projects are opportunities to educate, build, and coalesce Tennessee communities around the issues that propel a nonprofit’s mission. Whether you’re sharing local history, cultivating participation in the arts, conserving a watershed, safeguarding your neighborhood, or developing the workforce, the humanities can herald creative solutions and community improvement.

Eligible recepients include:

  • Tennessee non-profits with a committed interest in using public humanities projects to further their missions, and that have an annual budget of $150,000 or less.

Using the PPH:

The PPH is not a grant program and therefore does not require the submission of a grant application. Instead, partners must provide Humanities Tennessee with:

  1. a request form (available from our office);
  2. a letter describing the project, the project expenditures, and how the project furthers the organization's goals;
  3. additional supporting materials as necessary.

The PPH has no deadline; requests are considered on a first come, first serve basis, and for up to a maximum of $2,500 each.  Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged, and may expedite the review process.

Find out more with examples of possible PPH projects.

The PPH does not support:

  • advocacy or social action
  • projects for fundraising purposes
  • construction or restoration costs
  • the purchase of equipment
  • library or museum acquisitions
  • individuals, research or projects intended primarily for the scholarly community
  • academic courses for credit
  • performing arts as ends in themselves
  • food and beverage costs for audiences or alcoholic beverages
  • expenses incurred or paid before a request is approved by Humanities Tennessee
  • the ongoing activities of the partner

Contact Us

To learn more about the Partnership for Public Humanities or meet with our staff, please contact Melissa Davis, Director, Community History Program: or 615-770-0006, ext. 8016.

Stay Informed

Click here to sign up for "Public Humanities Matters," the quarterly e-newsletter of the Partnership for Public Humanities: