The Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the second year of its Heritage Grants Program, an initiative made possible by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Heritage Grants support humanities projects that explore the histories of Michigan’s diverse racial and ethnic communities, bringing their voices and perspectives to the foreground in telling their stories. The goal is to build the capacity of grassroots and cultural organizations to engage with and uncover new histories and historical topics that have previously been left out of our understanding of Michigan’s past.  Grant awards may range up to a maximum of $25,000 and no cost share is required.

“Through this program, we hope to inspire new work that uses history and humanities approaches to explore the complex issues of race and cultural identity that affect communities across our state. Understanding and exploring history can be a powerful tool to build sense of community, affirm identities, and move toward racial healing,” said MH Interim Executive Director Jan Fedewa.

Last year, projects spanned the state – from the Keweenaw Peninsula to Detroit – and looked at topics of race and cultural identity through exhibits, oral histories, youth projects, and community dialogues, among other formats. A list of funded projects, as well as other resources, can be found on MH’s website.  From recent immigrants to indigenous peoples, MH welcomes proposals by groups that would like to offer an historical perspective to our understanding of present-day issues of inequality and racial equity.

As a part of the application process, organizations are encouraged, but not required, to submit a draft project proposal for review by MH staff.  Comments are intended to provide potential grant applicants with feedback related to the eligibility, relevance, and strengths of the proposal within the Heritage Grants Program guidelines and evaluation criteria.  Although it does not guarantee funding, feedback from the MH is intended to better position applicants for success.

MH will accept draft proposals between Dec. 1 and Jan. 25, 2016.  The final application deadline is Mar. 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact program manager Joe Cialdella by email ( or phone (517-373-7770).

To learn more and to view a list of projects funded last year, click here.