LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch a new statewide program to share local stories about race and cultural history. MHC will award competitive grants to nonprofit agencies to support exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, community conversations and other activities which explore and share the experiences of local cultural identity groups.
“Michigan has an incredibly rich cultural history but not all of it has been positive,” said Erik Nordberg, MHC executive director. “Many groups have suffered intolerance and violence – some continue to struggle with issues of identity and acceptance. This project hopes to provide voice to cultural groups about their own history, to share their experience with other Michigan residents, and increase conversation and understanding of the state’s ever-changing cultural landscape.”
The new initiative, with the first grant deadline set for spring 2015, will build the capacity of grassroots groups and community organizations across Michigan. By engaging organizations and individuals at the local level and providing funding through grants, this project will become an avenue of support for community dialogues across racial and cultural lines that lead to understanding and healing.
The grants will be available to all Michigan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and there are no requirements for matching money or cost share. Grantees will produce a local history product to be shared in MHC’s web environment and organizations will participate in conferences to facilitate discussion and collaboration. Program information, which is still being developed at this time, will be posted on www.michiganhumanities.org as it becomes available. Please check back for continual updates.
Due to the expansion of its grant-making efforts, MHC is now accepting applications for two positions – Grants Manager to assist with these new project support grants, and an Administrative Assistant. Review of applications will begin Aug. 1; applications are posted at www.michiganhumanities.org.
About the Michigan Humanities Council
The Michigan Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. MHC was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, as well as private support from corporate and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit www.michiganhumanities.org or call (517) 372-7770.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.