Are you currently organizing, or interested in organizing, events and programs on Greek, Roman, and ancient Mediterranean antiquity? Are you interested in bringing the ancient Mediterranean and its reception into global dialogue with other cultures, past and present?
History and Current Goals
In 2019, the SCS Board of Directors designated $25,000 that was used to sponsor public events as part of the “Classics Everywhere” initiative. In 2020, 2021, and 2022 the program is continuing with grant funding, but has recently been renamed and reimagined as the “Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities” initiative. The goal of this initiative is to engage individuals, groups, and communities in critical discussion of and creative expression related to the ancient Mediterranean, the global reception of Greek and Roman culture, and the history of teaching and scholarship in the field of classical studies.
We invite applications from individuals, organizations, and/or communities to apply to the “Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities” committee for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support works in these areas. Examples of successful projects include but are not limited to: public lectures; readings; discussion groups; performances; summer, after-school and weekend programs for school-age children; visual arts exhibits and installations; podcasts; and videos.
The committee is particularly interested in projects that focus on long traditions of engagement with ancient Mediterranean culture that have been excluded from classics curricula; projects proposed by rather than for historically underrepresented minoritized communities; interdisciplinary collaborations; artistic projects and creative adaptations; projects involving global reception and comparative approaches; and projects that are critical of classics as it has been practiced and structured as a discipline.
Events and programs may focus on ancient languages, works of literature, art, architecture, and culture, on ancient history, on more contemporary works inspired by or reacting against the ancient world, or on the history of classics teaching and scholarship. They can be creative, analytical, or critical in focus. The one basic requirement is that eligible programs work with their communities and/or create pathways for knowledge exchange beyond the classroom to engage broader publics.
Allowable expenditures include: space rental, audiovisual or other technology costs, honoraria, props or supplies necessary for the program, and travel and / or accommodations costs for speakers or event leaders and participants.
Any project that appropriates the classical world in order to promote ideologies of hate and exclusion will not be funded (see https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/public-statement-scs-board-directors). Applicants should not propose projects that trivialize or normalize racism or other forms of oppression.
The members of the SCS Committee on Classics in the Community will review all applications. Its members judge applications based on feasibility and impact in accordance with the goals and regulations stated above. They will ensure that the initiative funds projects in all regions of the US; applications from outside the US are also welcome.
Application Form and Deadlines
The next deadlines are May 19, 2023 and October 13, 2023. The Executive Director will notify all applicants of the committee’s decision within one month of the application deadline or soon after.
Here is the online application form.
If you have questions about the Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities (formerly Classics Everywhere) initiative, please contact the SCS Executive Director, Helen Cullyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Public Engagement Coordinator, Nina Papathanasopoulou (email@example.com). Please also see below for the projects already funded.
Projects already funded
You can view our complete list of funded projects.
You can read about Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities (formerly Classics Everwhere) projects on the SCS blog. Posts are written by Public Engagement Coordinator Nina Papathanasopoulou, who oversees the initiative.
Reimagining Ancient Stories Through Contemporary Lenses
Supporting Projects in Archaeology, Philology, Pedagogy, and Film
Contemporary Responses to Greek Myth and Tragedy through Drama, Film, and Visual Art
Increasing Accessibility for the Study of the Ancient World
Interpreting the Ancient World through Music, Art, and Photography
Art and Theater Projects Reinvigorating Interest in the Study of Classics and its History
Greek Tragedy for Audiences Today
Reimagining Greek and Roman Literature for our Present Times
Inclusivity and Accessibility in the Study of the Literature and History of Ancient Greece and Rome
Connecting to the Ancient Greeks through Medicine, Sociology, Literature, and Philosophy
Ozymandias and Nero Inspire New Podcasts
Reimagining Greek Myth for Communities Today
Making Personal Experiences Part of the Study for the Ancient World
Ancient Worlds through Modern Podcasts
Fostering Interaction and Engagement in School-Aged Children
Building Intergenerational Communities Around the Study of Antiquity
Websites Giving Diverse Voices and Students a Platform
Bringing Knowledge of the Ancient World to Rural Italy
Engaging with Antiquity through Film and Theater at Home
Promoting a Passion for the Ancient World in the Midst of a Pandemic
Recreating Ancient Drama for the Modern (and Digital) Stage
Can Studying Classics Encourage Empathy and Equity?
Engaging with Digital Classics Projects during Covid-19
Sustaining Classics in the time of Covid-19
Bringing Science, Archaeology, and Creativity to the Study of Classics
Classics through the Eyes of Black Communities Worldwide
Enriching Children’s Learning with Interactive and Creative Programs
Examining the Past with a Comparative and Critical Eye
Activating your Imagination through the Arts
Inspiring Curiosity for the Ancient World
Engaging with Diverse and Marginalized Communities
Connecting with the Ancient World through the Visual and Performing Arts
Meeting the Community Where they Are