The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded a Capital Improvement Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in the amount of $13,775.
“Receiving this grant will allow MHC to support technology upgrades and improvements that will increase our ability to effectively deliver grants and support to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations around the state,” said Erik Nordberg, MHC Executive Director.
The grant will fund an improved online granting system, making it easier for organizations to submit project summaries and final grant proposals. In addition, funding will be used for technology upgrades such as web meeting software which will allow staff to provide online workshops and one-to-one videoconferencing to further support program partners. The MHC must provide a 1:1 cash match for the grant dollars, which will be drawn from other revenue sources including private donations.
This project directly supports the MHC mission of connecting people and communities by fostering and supporting quality cultural programs. By strengthening its communications capability and improving, streamlining and right-sizing the online application process, the MHC will better serve schools, museums, libraries, colleges and nonprofits in Michigan in their efforts to provide humanities based experiences and education through grant-funding activities.
The improved online granting system is expected to launch in September 2014 for the opening of the Arts & Humanities Touring Grants, which help offset the cost of bringing performers, re-enactors, storytellers and cultural bearers into communities.
MHC is one of 384 organizations awarded a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, who in total awarded $7.6 million.
About the Michigan Humanities Council
The Michigan Humanities Council 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 www.michiganhumanities.org or call (517) 372-7770.