LANSING— The Michigan Humanities has announced a March 12 deadline date for Michigan nonprofits interested in applying for Major Grant funding in support of public humanities programming. Major Grants, up to $15,000, provide funding for projects such as lectures and discussion series, exhibits, public forums, book or film discussions and much more.

Nonprofits interested in applying for Major Grant consideration are highly encouraged to submit a project summary for review to determine funding eligibility and assistance toward an eventual grant proposal. The project summaries must be submitted by Jan. 20 and can be completed through an online form on the Major Grants page of the Michigan Humanities website.

These grants have become more competitive each year as nonprofits look for additional funding resources. In 2013, the Michigan Humanities received 71 applications and funded 26 totaling more than $300,000. Examples of funded projects include a community play by Calumet Theatre Company, a literary festival for Kerrytown BookFest, a walking food tour by ACCESS/Arab American National Museum, and traveling exhibit from Central Michigan University.

Applicants are advised to work on their final applications in advance and submit before the final deadline of March 12 at 5 p.m. It is important to ensure each project includes humanities-related content, a reputable scholar, and that the program is open to the public at no or minimal cost. Priority is given to outstanding new proposals that best meet guideline criteria, and collaboration among partners is recommended when possible.

To learn more about the Michigan Humanities Major Grant program, including project requirements and a listing of eligible/ineligible budget items, visit

About the Michigan Humanities

The Michigan Humanities 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. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit or call (517) 372-7770.