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Announcing “Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan” grant funding opportunity

The Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan program, an initiative made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Third Coast Conversation grants will support a series of statewide public conversations taking place in 20 communities over two years that focus on the cultural, social, historical, and environmental factors that connect Michigan’s people to their water.  The project will be led by the Michigan Humanities in collaboration with their strong network of partner organizations across the state.  Grant awards may range up to $5,000 and no cost share is required.

The state of Michigan is often referred to as the nation’s “third coast” because it boasts the most miles of shoreline in the contiguous United States, bordering four of the five Great Lakes.  This abundance of water has allowed Michigan to be a lucrative place to do business and develop industry, including a booming tourism economy.  At the same time, access to safe, clean water has also been a scarcity. The goal of the project is to help more people across the state learn about issues related to water that affect their communities in the 21st century.

“The Third Coast Conversations program is an excellent example of humanities work,” said Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of Michigan Humanities.  “The MHC mission seeks to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities. Third Coast Conversations features a topic so critical to our state.”

Organizations are encouraged to contact program officer, Jennifer Rupp by email (jrupp@mihumanities.org) or phone (517-372-7770) with questions concerning grant applications.  Organizations may submit proposals through the Michigan Humanities’ online grant portal.

The final grant application deadline is March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. 

To learn more please visit:  http://www.michiganhumanities.org/third-coast-conversations/

Contact Carol Taggart, Communications Officer, to arrange interviews with Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of Michigan Humanities to discuss this exciting new grant program: ctaggart@mihumanities.org

Photo credits: Carol Taggart

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