The Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce $220,234 in grants to 21 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 $494,722 to the table. This major grant cycle, the Humanities Grants, support projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity.

“The Council is pleased to support these humanities programs in Michigan,” said Jan Fedewa, Interim Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities. “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.

MH received 35 eligible applications for review in its fall 2015 deadline cycle. The organizations with award amounts, by county, are listed below.

Project details can be found here.

County Listing – 2015 Humanities Grant Awards

Alpena County

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve   $15,000


Genesee County

Flint Cultural Center Corporation   $9,534

Flint Institute of Arts   $15,000


Houghton County

Finlandia University   $2,300


Ingham County

Advent House Ministries, Inc.  $15,000

Library of Michigan   $15,000

Michigan History Foundation    $14,000


Jackson County

Ella Sharp Museum   $9,500


Kalamazoo County
Vicksburg Historical Society & Museum   $3,000


Kent County

ADAPT. Theatre Company   $15,000


Midland County

Midland Center for the Arts   $3,000


Muskegon County

Muskegon Museum of Art   $15,000


Washtenaw County

Chelsea District Library   $9,000

Kerrytown BookFest   $4,650

Lost Voices   $15,000

Michigan Radio (University of Michigan)   $12,800

Residential College (University of Michigan)   $7,050

Wild Swan Theater   $15,000


Wayne County

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History   $15,000

Detroit Historical Society   $5,000

Michigan Opera Theatre   $5,400


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. MH was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as private support from corporate and individual donors.

The Michigan Humanities connects people and communities by fostering and creating quality cultural programs.

In carrying out its mission, the Council encourages and supports, through advocacy, fundraising and community engagement, a variety of activities which bring humanities scholars and the public together to examine culture. Moving forward, the Council will:

  • award grants for public humanities and cultural programs;
  • conduct public humanities and cultural projects of statewide importance;
  • initiate collaborations and partnerships to broaden and strengthen the organizational and institutional base for the humanities in Michigan; and
  • provide the humanities with leadership and a public voice in Michigan.

The Michigan Humanities will be known as a unifying force throughout Michigan, whose programs help people connect with one another and the places where they live, by fostering a greater understanding and engagement in the cultures, histories, and values which tell us who we were, are, and hope to be.

For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit or call (517) 372-7770.