Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce $185,130 in grants to 15 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 $296,500 to the table. This major grant cycle, the Humanities Grants, support projects exploring history, theatre, reading, education and community identity.

Shelly Kasprzycki, President and CEO of Michigan Humanities said, “Humanities Grants are more critical than ever to keep quality cultural programs in our local communities. 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.”

Humanities 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.

“Michigan Humanities is pleased to support so many creative and important initiatives through its Humanities Grants. The need for understanding, personal connections, and civil discourse is great, and these projects bring our state opportunities to share our stories and engage in dialogues with each other,” said Council Board Chair Anne Belanger.

Humanities Grants will be offered again in the fall of 2018. Draft proposals and applications are currently be accepted with a final application deadline of August 16, 2018.  Please visit www.michiganhumanities.org, or contact James Nelson, Grants Officer, for additional information.

Michigan Humanities received 41 eligible applications for review in its spring 2018 deadline cycle. The organizations with award amounts, by county, are listed below.

Project details can be found at www.michiganhumanities.org/humanities-grants.

By County – 2018 Humanities Grant Awards

Branch County
Tibbits Opera Foundation & Arts Council, Inc., $14,000

Cass County
Underground Railroad Society of Cass County, $15,000

Genesee County
Buckham Fine Arts Project, $15,000
Wow Outreach, Inc., $15,000

Ingham County
Michigan History Foundation, $11,400
Michigan State University, $15,000

Leelanau County
Glen Arbor Arts Center, $5,020

Oakland County
One Earth Writing, $15,000
Plymouth Community Arts Council, $4,850

Saginaw County
Saginaw Valley State University, $15,000

Washtenaw County
Akshara, $15,000
Kerrytown Bookfest, $6,000

Wayne County

University of Michigan-Dearborn, $15,000
Detroit Public Theatre, $15,000
Heritage Works, $15,000