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Mini Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Small-Scale Humanities Projects

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Maryland Humanities

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $1,200 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for small-scale humanities projects and activities. This funding component invites applications for public humanities projects, civic education initiatives, and documentary film projects.

Maryland Humanities grants support public programming with the humanities at its heart — inspiring organizations to explore innovative programs that spark dialogue, strive to engage new audiences, and stimulate the thoughtful exchange of ideas.

Programs can take many forms, including lectures, new media projects, reading and discussion programs, seminars, interpretive exhibits, local and living histories, spoken word programs, and interpreting oral histories.

The humanities include the study and interpretation of history, literature (including novels, poetry, drama, and other forms of written expression, both modern and classical), philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and the interpretation (not the creation) of the arts. These humanities disciplines are tools that can help us to explore what makes us human, connect us with others, and discover meaning and richness in our lives and for our communities.

Grant projects should:
-Use the humanities as a central element of the program or project
-Reach the general public of Maryland
-Engage them in discussions about a critical issue or an enriching humanities experience
-Be free and open to the public
-Be handicapped accessible and open without regard to race, color, religion, handicap, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167909

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,200

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within one year of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Mini Grants Program invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply.

You are eligible to apply for a grant if:
-You are applying on behalf of an organization. Individuals are not eligible for grants.
-Your organization is a nonprofit or government entity.
-The humanities are a central component of your project.
-You have identified humanities scholars to support your project.
-Your project will engage and benefit Marylanders.
-You have matching funds (cash or in-kind) equal to the funds that you are requesting.
-You do not currently have an open grant with with Maryland Humanities.
-You have not received a grant from us within the last twelve months.

Maryland Humanities does not support scholarly symposia directed toward a limited or specialized audience; scholarships, fellowships, internships, or regular course offerings; book publishing; individual research projects; creative or performing arts; general operating expenses; construction and/or renovation projects; museum or library acquisitions; direct social action or political advocacy; or fundraising or profit making activities.

Grants will not fund projects by applicant organizations with open Maryland Humanities grants or those who have already received a grant within the last twelve months.

Maryland Humanities does not fund projects whose primary purpose is the collection and preservation of oral histories. Maryland Humanities will consider funding the interpretation and dissemination of oral history information to public audiences.

Pre-Application Information:

You are required to provide financial support for your project. The matching funds must be at least equal to the grant amount requested. The matching funds can be made up of cash and other contributions from your organization, cash from third parties, in-kind contributions from third parties, or program income. You are encouraged to raise third-party cash as an indication of community interest in their project and to demonstrate a partnership between public and private support.

Submit your application to meet one of the deadlines, which is at least ten (10) weeks prior to the start of your project. Notification of awards will occur five (5) weeks after the application deadline.

All materials must be submitted through the online grants portal by 11:59 PM EST on the day of the deadline. Deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays are honored on the next business day.

Mini Grant deadlines are March 1, July 1, and November 1.

You must include your Federal Tax I.D. (EIN) and DUNS number in the application. Apply for a DUNS Number here:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Marilyn Hatza, Program Officer
(410) 685-4187

Theresa Worden, Program Coordinator for Grants
(410) 685-0303

Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565

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USA: Maryland