The Michigan Humanities (MH) is seeking proposals to conduct an annual summative evaluation of the MH project, Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). This project involves the establishment of MH’s Heritage Grants Program which is intended to fund projects that explore local histories of race and cultural identity in Michigan proposed by grassroots groups, cultural organizations, and other nonprofits. The three-year project began June 1, 2014 and continues through May 31, 2017. Additional information about the Heritage Grant Program and its goals can be found here.


The evaluation must propose a means to address the following questions required by WKKF:

  1. Did the Grantee (MH) launch its project as originally planned? Please explain what contributed to the timely launch or what led to the launch being delayed.
  2. What training or other preparation occurred with Grantee’s staff and partners prior to launch?
  3. What improvement, if any, could have been made to better prepare them?
  4. What activities did Grantee implement/complete during the grant period? Please be specific.
  5. Who did Grantee serve through its project? Please provide (1) characteristics: e.g. race/ethnicity, age, gender, area of the city, etc., and (2) number of children and (3) number of families.
  6. How has the Grantee attempted to address racial inequities through its project?
  7. What were the pre/post results of Grantee’s project for participants? Did results differ by participant group/characteristics?
  8. Did Grantee note any unintended outcomes? If so, please explain.

In addition to the questions above, MH is interested in evaluations that also propose methods to examine the effectiveness of the Heritage Grants process (grant awards to sub-recipients) and answer the following questions:

  • Does grantmaking align with the goals and objectives of the project Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People?
  • Does the structure of the re-grant process effectively reach the intended audience?
  • Is the grant process efficient and the related communications effective?

A maximum of $50,000 is available to fund the evaluation activities over the three-year project period.

Proposals should be sent to Joe Cialdella ( by 5pm on January 9, 2015.

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. The MH 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 or call (517) 372-7770.