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IHEU is opening applications for IHEU Member Organizations to apply to become a 2019 “Regional Humanist Hub“. Grants will be awarded for work in capacity-building and the promotion of humanism.

In 2017 and 2018 the IHEU awarded 13 grants for a total of $15 500USD to support projects and events promoting humanism and the work of humanist organizations.

In this third round of grants, launching in January 2019, up to $10 000USD will be awarded for new projects.

Who can apply?

We will consider all applications from IHEU Member Organizations.

We will give priority to applications from regions which are less well-represented in our membership at present, according to the following table.

Priority Region(s) Notes
Top priority Asia Our priority region for 2019
Second priority Latin America, Africa Our priority regions for 2017 and 2018 respectively
Third priority Europe, North America, Oceania

Please notice that applications must be made on behalf of IHEU good standing Member Organizations (not individuals). If your organization is still not member of the IHEU, you can apply for membership from our website:

What kind of projects will be awarded?

The grants will be awarded to projects that have a strong and clear impact on your humanist community.

Examples of project proposals might include:

  • new campaigns on key humanist issues (secularism, freedom of religion or belief, sexual health and reproductive rights, etc.)
  • new national or international events (congresses, conferences, workshops, etc.)
  • the development of a new online presence (webinars, a new website, social media resources on humanism, etc.)
  • the provision of training (introduction to humanism to people outside the humanist community, training on humanist ceremonies, etc.)
  • the translation or the production of humanist materials into local languages (leaflets, books, reports, etc.)
  • travel grants to help individual members to attend any relevant event (your annual general assembly for example)
  • the appointment of dedicated staff members (a part-time or full-time campaign manager for example)

Please have a look at the projects awarded in 2017 and 2018 for reference. However, note that project proposals are not restricted to those which are similar to past awardees; innovative thinking and creative ideas are also welcome.

The five selection criteria

The Grant Committee will evaluate all applications according to the following five criteria:

  1. Project feasibility – how realistic and clear are the goals of the project?
  2. Organization reliability – does the organization have a good record of successes for similar projects?
  3. Impact on neighbours – how much will the project impact on neighbouring humanist communities (e.g. in neighbouring countries)?
  4. Budget consistency – how clear is the way and the timing in which the fund will be spent?
  5. Potential for achieving IHEU strategic objectives – how impactful is the project for the goals of the IHEU?

Please bear in mind that the Grant Committee will award grants starting from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5000. However, the Grant Committee may consider larger grants for extremely well-developed and impactful project proposals.

Grants will be awarded after the signing of a mutual agreement between the IHEU and the successful applicant organization. Larger grants will require stricter agreements, which might include for example a gradual release of the fund after reaching specific milestones.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please email in the first instance IHEU Growth & Development Officer Giovanni Gaetani (, broadly describing your ideas with an initial estimate of costs to verify that your project is eligible for a grant.

After receiving feedback, you will be sent the link to the application form, at the end of which you will be asked to submit a project proposal in PDF (minimum two pages, maximum twelve pages). The project proposal should clearly show how the organization and the project itself meet the five above-listed criteria. The Grant Committee will not take into considerations applications received beyond the deadline or not submitted through the application form.

At the end of the award process we will contact all applicant organizations, including those who have not been awarded, but we might not be able to provide a detailed feedback for all of them.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 24 February 2019 and we will aim to make a decision on grants to be awarded by Friday 8 March 2019.

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