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.

Fall 2019 Grants (Awards made in November 2019)

  • March-July: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
  • August 22: Final online grant application deadline
  • November: Award Notification

Spring 2020 Grants (Awards made in June 2020)

  • September-March: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
  • March 19, 2020: Final online grant application deadline
  • June: 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:

  • 100% Cost Share required for all projects up to $15,000.

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 prohibits discrimination in its funded projects whether on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical challenges.

Submit a Draft Proposal

Draft proposals are an optional tool for grantees to help hone their final applications and to ensure their projects comply with Humanities Grant guidelines.  Draft proposals will be reviewed by the Director of Grants and feedback will be provided in a timely manner. Click here to submit a draft proposal.


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