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Mini Grant

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

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Maryland Humanities

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $1,200 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies for humanities projects targeting public audiences. Applications will be considered for public humanities projects, civic education initiatives, and documentary film projects. Priority will be given to the programming needs of small-scale institutions and underserved audiences to support new programs in the humanities.

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.

Your application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. The quality of humanities content and focus. Is the program content designed to effectively use the humanities to engage participants? Does the project use humanities texts, scholars, tradition bearers, or experts qualified to inform the program?

2. Program format. Does the program have general audience appeal?

3. Project management and administration. Does the work plan reflect adequate plans for implementation, evaluation, publicity and final reporting?

4. Project budget. Does the budget reflect reasonable and allowable program costs? Does it add up?

5. Target audience. Does the program reach one or more of Maryland Humanities’ target audiences, e.g., educationally underserved adults and students, families with young children (age 8 and under), prison populations, or veterans?

Scholars are professional specialists in a given field of the humanities, such as historians, philosophers, poets and writers, and the like, who by training have gained mastery in a discipline. While a scholar need not have an advanced degree in the humanities, he or she should be demonstrably qualified for their assigned role in the proposed project by virtue of education, training and experience.

Humanities experts may be:
-Academic scholars (individuals with an advanced degree in a humanities discipline or individuals teaching or researching in a scholarly institution, e.g., professor, some curators and librarians)
-Independent scholars (individuals who have researched, written and/or spoken about a humanities topic and are considered experts in their field, e.g., journalist, artist, curator, nonprofessional historian)
-Community scholars/culture bearers,(individuals who by virtue of their life experience, training and/or standing in a community carry the knowledge, wisdom, and collective historical records of the group, e.g., tribal or neighborhood elders or practitioners of traditional cultural forms.)

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:

The 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 do not currently have an open grant with Maryland Humanities.
-You have not received a grant from Maryland Humanities 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.

Maryland Humanities does not fund projects whose primary purpose is the collection and preservation of oral histories; however, 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 from us. The matching funds can be made up of cash and other contributions from the 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.

You must include your Federal Tax I.D. (EIN) and DUNS numbers in the application.

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

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.


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Contact Information:

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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