Our Stories, Our Lives

Humanities Grants

Humanities Grants emphasize collaboration among cultural, educational and community-based organizations and institutions in order to serve Michigan’s people with public humanities programming. These grants play a vital role in defining our culture, our state, our community and ourselves, and are intended to connect us to Michigan’s rich cultural heritage and historical resources through initiatives that help the people of our state reason together and learn from one another.

Humanities projects help shape our individuality and community; pose fundamental questions about the past, present, and future; inspire us to ask who we are and what our lives should mean; and connect and unite us to all of humankind.

New Opportunity in 2017-18!

MHC is always looking for ways to better support the needs of our grant applicants and grantees. In order to offer more flexibility in project planning and implementation, MHC will offer two application periods during 2017-2018 so that non-profit organizations can apply for a Humanities Grant during the application cycle and grant project period that best meets the needs and timeline of their proposed project. The grant project periods extend for one year beginning with the award date. Funded projects may occur any time during this one-year timeframe.

An organization may choose the grant application deadline/award period that works best for their proposed project. The same organization may not apply in both grant periods, but if not funded in the Fall 2017 period, may re-apply for the Spring 2018 deadline.

Spring 2018 Grants (Awards made in June 2018)

  • December – February: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
  • March 15: Final online grant application deadline
  • June 8, 2018: Award notification


Fall 2018 Grants (Awards made in November 2018)

  • March-July: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
  • August 16: Final online grant application deadline
  • November: Award Notification

Maximum Humanities Grant Request:  $15,000

Funding is based on available resources.  Awards may be less than the total amount requested.

Applicant Match Requirements

Grantees must provide cost share in the form of cash or in-kind resources as follows:

  • 120% cost share for requests greater than $3,000 up to $15,000
  • 100% cost share required for requests $3,000 or less

Eligible Applicants

The applicant organization must be a nonprofit authorized to operate in the state of Michigan. The organization need not be incorporated and may be a public agency. Individuals are not eligible. Sponsoring organizations are encouraged to collaborate with other organizations.

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.



If you have questions or would like to discuss a potential project, please contact James Nelson at jnelson@mihumanities.org or (517) 372-7770.


119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 3B,
Lansing, MI 48912
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