LANSING – The Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce nearly $600,000 in grants to 26 Michigan organizations for the first round of funding for the Heritage Grants program.  Heritage Grants support projects that bring the authentic voices of cultural identity groups to the foreground and help the people of our state understand cultural differences by sharing local stories about race and cultural history.

“These grants reach into communities throughout the state,” said Jan Fedewa, Interim Executive Director.  “The funded programs and activities promote a deeper understanding of our past by empowering groups to tell their stories that remain unseen and/or unheard in the history of Michigan.”

The funded projects include exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, community dialogues and many other activities that will explore and share the experiences of Michigan’s diverse people. The funded organization’s programs will take place throughout a one-year grant period.

The Heritage Grant program is supported by a $1.7 million grant to MH from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for development and implementation of this new initiative, “Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People.”  This three-year program includes two rounds of grant awards.  The grants will engage organizations and individuals throughout Michigan at the local level by establishing connections across racial and cultural lines that promote understanding and healing.

MH received 75 eligible applications for consideration with a total request of over $2 million in grant support. Grant awards span the entire state, from southeast Michigan through the tip of the western Upper Peninsula.

For details on individual grant awards, please contact: Joe Cialdella, Program Manager, Michigan Humanities,

The 26 funded organizations and their awards are listed below. To view the list with the description, please click here.

Arab American National Museum                       
Digital Detroit: Visual Stories of Migration, Immigration
Harbor Springs Area Historical Society:
Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes
Albion College
The Holland Park Transformation Project
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan:
Dibajimooyang (Telling Our Story)
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz
Tibbits Opera House:
Cultural Exchange Coldwater  
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Manda-Bee-Kee Dance Troupe Documentary $25,000.00
Central Michigan University:
Native Treaty Rights in Michigan
Interfaith Council for Racial Justice:
The History of Muslims in Macomb County 
Museum of Ojibwa Culture:
Healing the Past Through Tradition, Arts, and Culture
Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum (SVSU)
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
Matrix Theatre Company
D-Versity: Caridad in the Communidad
Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities:
Teen Leaders in the Arts
Grand Rapids Urban League
Grandma’s Voice
Michigan State University School of Journalism:
Hubert: His-Story
Troy Historical Society:
Many Stories – One Heritage
Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative
Great Writers Project
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Michigan Women Who Made a Difference
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
History of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
Heritage Works
Cultural Scripts
Michigan Technological University
Black Voices in the Copper Country
Lenawee County Historical Society:
Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home
Loyola High School:
Never Alone
Ebenezer Community and Cultural Center:
Youth Group Local History Program
Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society
Controlling the Narrative: Authentic Hearing
Living Arts of Detroit
Detroit Latinos: How We Got Here, How We Live Here
 TOTAL:   $595,967.00