The Humanities Grant Application is now OPEN! Apply here.

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.

Humanities projects help shape our individuality and community; pose fundamental questions about the past, present, and future; inspire us to ask who we are and what our lives should mean; and connect and unite us to all of humankind.


Spring 2019 Grants (Awards made in June 2019)

  • August-February: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
  • March 14: 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 for requests greater than $3,000 up to $15,000
  • 100% cost share required for requests $3,000 or less

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



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