The Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce $274,575 in grants to 24 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 $568,288.68 to the table. This major grant cycle, the Humanities Grants, support projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity.

Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of the 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.

“The 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 Kathleen Mullins.

MH received 41 eligible applications for review in its fall 2016 deadline cycle. The organizations with award amounts, by county, are listed below.

Project details can be found on the MH website at

County Listing – 2016 Humanities Grant Awards

Alger County

Alger County Historical Society, $15,000


Berrien County

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, $10,925


Cass County

Dowagiac Area History Museum, $14,725


Delta County

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, $15,000


Eaton County
T. ROSE Foundation, $5,000


Emmet County

Crooked Tree Arts Center, $7,500


Grand Traverse County

National Writers Series, $2,950


Houghton County

International Frisbee Hall of Fame & Museum, $8,400


Ingham County

Advent House Ministries, Inc., $15,000

Library of Michigan, $15,000


Kent County

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, $9,025


Mackinac County

Museum of Ojibwa Culture, $15,000


Marquette County

Northern Michigan University, $15,000


Oakland County

Troy Historical Society $15,000

Plowshares Theatre Company, $4,800

Detroit Educational Television Foundation, $15,000


Washtenaw County

Wild Swan Theater, $15,000

Regents of the University of Michigan, $6,675

Kerrytown Bookfest, $4,575


Wayne County

Detroit Public Theatre, $15,000

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, $15,000

The Friends of Historical Hamtramck, $15,000

Signal-Return, $5,000

Wayne State University, $15,000