Upcoming Bridging Michigan Grant Events

For Bridging Michigan Grant Inquiries:

James Nelson
Director of Grants
jnelson “at” mihumanities.org or (517) 372-7770

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Bridging Michigan Grants

Bridging Michigan Grants are now open. Click here to apply.

Bridging Michigan grants provide Michigan nonprofits with up to $2,500 that can be used to spark in-depth thinking and conversation around the persistent social, economic, and cultural issues of systemic inequity that divide our communities.  This grant opportunity invites Michiganders to reflect and use the humanities to look at the longer histories driving contemporary debates.  Diverse projects from across Michigan, addressing different themes and using a variety of public humanities formats, including reflective conversations, reading series, film screenings with discussions, web projects, walking tours, public lectures and panels, and the creation of exhibits are invited to apply.

This responsive line of grant funding will allow nonprofits to respond to community needs in a timely and intentional way.  The goal of this funding opportunity is to empower Michiganders to be part of the dialogue.  Michigan Humanities is committed to bridging the divide through conversations, funding, and capacity building to address systemic inequities in the state.


Applying for a Bridging Michigan grant

Bridging Michigan Grants provide up to $2,500 to Michigan-based nonprofits to support public humanities programs. Organizations may receive one Bridging Michigan Grant per funding period (January-November). At least one humanities professional, or community content expert, is required to participate in the project. Programs and presenters already supported through the Arts & Humanities Touring Program are not eligible.

Bridging Michigan Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until the allocation of funds for the fiscal year is exhausted.  Funds must be matched 1:1 with cash or in-kind services or resources

Notification and Award

Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of receipt of the application. Following project completion, the final report form must be returned to MH within 30 days. Grantees will receive 90 percent of the grant funds upon award; the remaining 10 percent will be provided after MH receives and approves the project’s final report.

How to apply

  • Before submitting an application, please feel free to email James Nelson, Director of Grants, to set up a phone appointment to discuss your project and application requirements.
  • Apply through the Michigan Humanities Online Grant Portal. If you are a new applicant to the Michigan Humanities you will need to create a new registration. If you have previously applied for a different opportunity this year you can log into your portal and go to “Apply” and choose “Bridging Michigan Grants”.

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