Upcoming Humanities Grant Events

For Humanities Grant Inquiries Contact

James Nelson
Director of Grants
jnelson “at” mihumanities.org

Help Support Michigan Humanities

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.

    Spring 2021 Grants (Awards made in June 2021)

    • September, 2020-March, 2021: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
    • March 18, 2021: Final  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.

    Important Notice: SAM.gov

    Because Michigan Humanities is a federally-funded agency, all organizations requesting Humanities Grant support are required to have a DUNS number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov), a website used by entities doing business with funds from the U.S. government.

    Organizations are strongly encouraged to begin the registration process or have an active SAM.gov account prior to submitting their grants application.  If awarded a grant, no funds may be distributed to organizations without an active SAM.gov account. The process is free but time consuming and it is highly recommended that you begin as soon as possible.  For more information and instructions on how to register please visit here on our website.

    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 jnelson@mihumanities.org or (517) 372-7770.