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Farah Younis presents Humanities Council grant opportunities to interested locals

“THE community grants give locals the opportunity to tell their story, to undertake a project they’re passionate about,” said Farah Younis, program officer for the Northern Marianas Humanities Council. She held a free presentation at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library last Thursday to educate the public about the council’s community grants, a funding opportunity that “allows people to learn more about their culture.”

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Farah Younis presents Humanities Council grant opportunities to interested locals.  Photo by Sophia Perez

Four times per year, the Humanities Council offers planning grants (up to $1,500), mini-grants (up to $2,000) and regular grants (over $2,000) to support humanities projects that align with the organization’s mission to “foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the humanities through support of educational programs that relate the humanities to the indigenous cultures and to the intellectual needs and interests of the people of the Commonwealth.”

Younis offered some examples from the wide variety of projects the council currently supports, including Dr. Jennifer McKinnon and Stephanie Soder’s oral history collection focusing on the personal anecdotes of people interned at Camp Susupe and Chalan Kanoa after WWII; a series of YouTube episodes called “Learning Chamorro” that offers a kick-start for anyone interested in learning the language; and 500 Sails’ Train-the-Trainers program that will prepare sailing instructors to teach others how to sail traditional Chamorro proas.

“They’re all very, very cool,” said Younis. “I’m excited about all of them.”

She added that the Humanities Council is always seeking new grant applicants with interesting projects.

“That’s why we do the workshops, to kind of get the word out there,” she said.

And according to Younis, locals shouldn’t be intimidated by the prospect of applying for a grant.

“It’s very easy actually — it’s one of the easier grant applications I’ve ever seen,” she assured. “It just takes a little bit of time and effort. And especially if you’re passionate about the project you’re doing, it’s not going to be hard at all to complete the application.”

 “If you have a project that promotes your culture, your language, your history — anything that would benefit the CNMI — I would encourage you to apply.”