Our Stories, Our Lives

Heritage Grants

The Heritage Grants Program made its final round of awards in 2016.  If additional funds become available, we will announce on this page.

Michigan is a state with many stories.  Some have been told often, and others not at all. With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Humanities Council’s Heritage Grants Program supports projects that explore local histories of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity in Michigan. These competitive grants will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to support exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, cultural ceremonies, community conversations, and other activities that aim to share the history, experiences, vitality, and authentic voices of cultural identity groups in Michigan. By exploring history, projects should aim to examine connections between past inequities, present-day barriers to success, and opportunities for advancing racial equity today.

When we hear, see, or remember only one story, we risk misunderstanding the cultural heritage of our state.  Heritage Grants are intended to promote a deeper understanding of our past by empowering groups whose stories are often not told or remain unseen to share the history of Michigan from their perspective. There is never only a single story about a group of people or a place. Heritage Grants support projects that bring the authentic voices of cultural identity groups to the foreground and help the people of our state understand cultural differences.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to Robbe DiPietro (rdipietro@mihumanities.org).

Heritage Grant Award

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By law and on principle, the Michigan Humanities Council prohibits discrimination in its funded projects whether on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation or physical challenges. 

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