Two Grants Announced for Project Funding from $750 up to $15,000

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) has announced deadline dates for Michigan nonprofits interested in applying for funding in support of public humanities programming.

Humanities Grants, up to $15,000, provide funding for projects such as lectures and discussion series, exhibits, public forums, book or film discussions and much more. Humanities Grants emphasize collaboration among cultural, educational and community-based organizations and institutions in order to serve Michigan’s people with 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 through initiatives that help the people of our state reason together and learn from one another. Humanities Grants have become more competitive each year as nonprofits look for additional funding resources. In 2018, the Michigan Humanities Council received 85 applications and funded 27 totaling more than $350,000. Examples of funded projects include an exhibition on the history of immigration to the Upper Peninsula at Northern Michigan University, a literary festival for Kerrytown BookFest, and a Michigan State University led documentary exploring historical changes in Flint through the lens of 1990’s hip-hop.

Nonprofits interested in applying for Humanities Grant consideration are highly encouraged to submit a draft project proposal for review for review and feedback. The final online grant application deadline is March 14, 2019. Click here for full details.

Action Grants provide up to $750 to Michigan-based nonprofits to support public humanities programs. Organizations may receive one Action Grant per funding period (January-November). At least one humanities professional is required to participate in the project. Programs and presenters already supported through the Arts & Humanities Touring Program are not eligible.

Action Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until the allocation of funds for the fiscal year is exhausted. Priority is given to first-time applicants, projects related to the Great Michigan Read, and organizations that do not have another MHC grant already in progress. Funds must be matched 1:1 with cash or in-kind services or resources. Action Grants will open on Friday, February 1, 2019.

It is important to ensure each project includes humanities-related content, a reputable scholar, and that the program is open to the public at no or minimal cost. Priority is given to outstanding new proposals that best meet guideline criteria, and collaboration among partners is recommended when possible.

Discuss Action Grants with Program Officer Jennifer Rupp and Humanities Grants with Program Officer James Nelson. To learn more about the Michigan Humanities Council’s Grant programs, visit here or call 517-372-7770.

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