The Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce nearly $650,000 in grants to 28 cultural organizations in Michigan under our Heritage Grants Program. These grants will support a variety of projects that use history and humanities approaches to shed light on present-day social issues as they relate to the intersection of ethnic identity, racial equity, and cultural heritage. Each of the projects will bring forward the voices of groups that are often marginalized to share their stories and record their history in ways that are meaningful and impactful in their

“The Heritage Grant awards will fund a variety of excellent projects that bring authentic voices to critical racial, ethnic and cultural issues throughout Michigan,” said Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of the Council. “We are honored to partner with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to engage in this work.”

The funded projects include oral histories, exhibits, digital archives, documentaries, performances, school programs, and community conversations that share and preserve the experiences of Michigan’s diverse people. The grants will engage organizations and individuals throughout Michigan at the local level by establishing connections across racial and cultural lines to promote healing and racial equity. The programs will take place throughout a 1-year grant period, and awards span the entire state – from Metro Detroit to the Keweenaw Peninsula. Together, the projects work toward deepening our understanding of Michigan’s people by bringing a diverse set of stories and experiences to the foreground.

MH received 68 eligible applications for consideration with total requests of over $2 million. The Heritage Grant Program is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For details on individual grant awards, please contact Joseph Cialdella, Program Manager, Michigan Humanities Council, or 517-372-7770, or visit our website at

Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan
Lake Huron Discovery Tour: Explore Our Native American History
Alpena, Michigan

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County
Living Oral History: African Americans in Washtenaw County
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Baraga County Historical Society
A History of Tribal Gaming in Baraga County
Baraga, Michigan

Burma Center
Finding a New Home in America
Battle Creek, Michigan

Tibbits Opera House
Yemeni in Coldwater
Coldwater, Michigan

University of Michigan Dearborn
Oral Histories of Iranian-Americans in Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan

Michigan Opera Theatre
Create and Perform: A Cultural Collage
Dearborn, Michigan

Wayne State University                                                                                        
Detroit 1967: From Page to Stage
Detroit, Michigan

Arts League of Michigan                                                                                     
Passage to Paradise
Detroit, Michigan

David L. Head Foundation 
Tracking Advancement: 100 Years of Progress?
Detroit, Michigan

Living Arts Detroit                                                                                                      
Dia De Los Muertos:  Our (Hi)stories
Detroit, Michigan

Focus: Hope                                                                                                                       
In Pursuit of Hope
Detroit, Michigan

Heritage Works                                                                                                       
Detroit Griot
Detroit, Michigan

Council of Asian Pacific Americans                                                                      
Connecting Asian American Immigrant Communities
Metro Detroit, Michigan

Chaldean Heritage Foundation                                                                                    
Chaldean Oral History Project
Metro Detroit, Michigan

CUPPAD Regional Commission
Potawatomi Interpretive Homestead
Escanaba, Michigan

Buckham Fine Arts Project
HerStory Project
Flint, Michigan

Flint Odyssey House                                                                                              
Youth Photovoice Project
Flint, Michigan

West Michigan Asian American Association
Newcomer Legacy
Grand Rapids, Michigan

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology
WMCAT Teen Documentary on African American Music
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Right Start UP                                                                                                         
Upper Peninsula Digital History Initiative
Hancock, Michigan

Latin Americans United for Progress
Nuestra Comunidad Hispana
Holland, Michigan

Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission
Fountain of the Pioneers Public Education
Kalamazoo, Michigan

River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation
Anishnaabek Journey Toward Understanding
Monroe, Michigan

Foundation for Muskegon Community College
Native American Heritage Month Celebration
Muskegon, Michigan

Niles History Center
Profiles and Portraits: African Americans in Niles
Niles, Michigan

Ypsilanti Housing Commission                                                                               
Historic Parkridge Project
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ypsilanti District Library                                                                                                
Ypsilanti African American Oral History Archive
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Click here to view the 2016 Heritage Grant Recipients detailed grant description.