LANSING— The Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce $271,325 in grants to 27 Michigan organizations in support of public humanities programming. In addition to this direct support, each agency was required to present matching cash or in-kind cost share, bringing an additional $695,774 to the table. Together, this major grant cycle will support nearly $1 million in projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity across the state.

“In a period of dwindling support for cultural programming at museums, schools, libraries and other community organizations, the Council continues its funding of humanities programs across the state,” said Erik Nordberg, executive director of the Michigan Humanities. “We know that these projects not only educate, inform, and enrich local audiences in these communities, but also attract visitors, support community development, and build capacity in organizations around the state.”

Major Grants are awarded to Michigan nonprofits in support of cultural, educational and community-based 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.

MH received 48 eligible applications for review in its Spring 2014 deadline cycle. The organizations with award amounts, by county, are:

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library – $14,952.40
Northeast Michigan Center for Fine Arts, Inc. (Arts in the Loft) – $15,000

Delta College – $3,000
Saginaw Valley State University – $13,250

Lake Superior State University – $2,800

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center – $15,000

Contemporary Learning Systems, Inc. – $7,500

Grand Traverse
Grand Traverse Bay Alliance, operating as Discovery Center – Great Lakes – $9,350

Library of Michigan – $15,000
Michigan State University – $15,000
Michigan State University – $3,850
Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame – $10,000
Progressive Empowerment Education Resources Services (P.E.E.R.S.) – $5,900

Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center – $9,215
Marquette Regional History Center – $5,000

Midland Center for the Arts, Inc. – $12,600

City of Rochester Hills, Michigan: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – $3,250
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings – $15,000
Detroit Educational Television Foundation – $15,000
Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit – $15,000
Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools – $13,195

Kerrytown Bookfest – $4,925
Performance Network of Ann Arbor – $10,250
Ypsilanti Historical Society – $4,750

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – $15,000
Detroit Historical Society – $2,538
InsideOut Literary Arts Project – $15,000

About the Michigan Humanities

The Michigan Humanities is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit or call (517) 372-7770.