Our Stories, Our Lives

MHC announces nearly $600,000 in awards

LANSING – The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce nearly $600,000 in grants to 26 Michigan organizations for the first round of funding for the Heritage Grants program.  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 by sharing local stories about race and cultural history.

“These grants reach into communities throughout the state,” said Jan Fedewa, Interim Executive Director.  “The funded programs and activities promote a deeper understanding of our past by empowering groups to tell their stories that remain unseen and/or unheard in the history of Michigan.”

The funded projects include exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, community dialogues and many other activities that will explore and share the experiences of Michigan’s diverse people. The funded organization’s programs will take place throughout a one-year grant period.

The Heritage Grant program is supported by a $1.7 million grant to MHC from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for development and implementation of this new initiative, “Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People.”  This three-year program includes two rounds of grant awards.  The grants will engage organizations and individuals throughout Michigan at the local level by establishing connections across racial and cultural lines that promote understanding and healing.

MHC received 75 eligible applications for consideration with a total request of over $2 million in grant support. Grant awards span the entire state, from southeast Michigan through the tip of the western Upper Peninsula.

For details on individual grant awards, please contact: Joe Cialdella, Program Manager, Michigan Humanities Council, jcialdella@mihumanities.org

The 26 funded organizations and their awards are listed below. To view the list with the description, please click here.

ORGANIZATION/PROJECT AWARD AMOUNT
Arab American National Museum                       
Digital Detroit: Visual Stories of Migration, Immigration
$25,000.00
Harbor Springs Area Historical Society:
Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes
 $25,000.00
Albion College
The Holland Park Transformation Project
$25,000.00
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan:
Dibajimooyang (Telling Our Story)
 $25,000.00
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz
$25,000.00
Tibbits Opera House:
Cultural Exchange Coldwater  
 $25,000.00
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Manda-Bee-Kee Dance Troupe Documentary $25,000.00
Central Michigan University:
Native Treaty Rights in Michigan
 $25,000.00
Interfaith Council for Racial Justice:
The History of Muslims in Macomb County 
 $25,000.00
Museum of Ojibwa Culture:
Healing the Past Through Tradition, Arts, and Culture
 $25,000.00
Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum (SVSU)
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
 $25,000.00
Matrix Theatre Company
D-Versity: Caridad in the Communidad
$25,000.00
Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities:
Teen Leaders in the Arts
$25,000.00
Grand Rapids Urban League
Grandma’s Voice
$24,990.00
Michigan State University School of Journalism:
Hubert: His-Story
 $24,970.00
Troy Historical Society:
Many Stories – One Heritage
$24,953.00
Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative
Great Writers Project
$24,922.00
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Michigan Women Who Made a Difference
$24,900.00
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
History of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
$24,733.00
Heritage Works
Cultural Scripts
$23,970.00
Michigan Technological University
Black Voices in the Copper Country
$22,713.00
Lenawee County Historical Society:
Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home
 $18,000.00
Loyola High School:
Never Alone
 $16,450.00
Ebenezer Community and Cultural Center:
Youth Group Local History Program
$15,000.00
Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society
Controlling the Narrative: Authentic Hearing
$13,366.00
Living Arts of Detroit
Detroit Latinos: How We Got Here, How We Live Here
$12,000.00
 TOTAL:   $595,967.00
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