Welcome to the Heritage Grants Blog! Over the coming weeks, this space will feature stories, information, and resources about the Michigan Humanities Council’s Heritage Grants Program (HGP).
Supported with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the HGP awards grants to cultural organizations across Michigan that use the humanities and history to explore the connections between race, ethnicity, and cultural identity. Last spring, the program made nearly $600,000 in awards to 26 organizations that serve communities across the state. While the format for each project varies, from exhibits and oral histories to community dialogues and performances, all are connected by their commitment to using history to help us understand and address issues of racial equity.
From Latino youth in Grand Rapids to the history of African Americans in the U.P.’s Copper Country, Heritage Grant projects are uncovering diverse histories through the authentic voices of the communities they represent. Stay tuned for more!
The application period for next year will start on December 1, 2015, when MHC staff will begin accepting draft proposals for feedback. The final application deadline is March 21, 2016 and awards will be made in early June, 2016. For more information, contact program manager Joe Cialdella (firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-372-7770).