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Humanities Grants

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits for
Public Humanities Engagement

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Michigan Humanities Council (MHC)

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations and public agencies for projects that engage public audiences with humanities topics. Draft proposals may be submitted for review from December through February and feedback will be provided. Eligible projects include museum exhibitions, events, documentaries, film and book discussions, public activities, and performances.

Criteria: The humanities are central to the project; at least one humanities professional is involved; there is at least one opportunity for engagement between humanities scholarship and the public; and the audience is clearly defined.

Humanities grant funds MAY be used for:
-Public forums or conferences
-Lecture/discussion series; honoraria and travel for speakers and presenters
-Book/film discussion programs about humanities-related topics
-Interpretive exhibits and catalogs
-Research (may be one component of the project, but not the sole purpose)
-Publications (must be made available to the public)
-Creative or performing arts that serve as a catalyst in a project in which humanities are central, and include interpretation and/or discussion of performances, concerts, literary and art works
-Development of digital projects

Humanities Professionals/Scholars:

Humanities scholars, professionals, or community-based experts are educated in at least one of the humanities disciplines, often possessing an advanced degree, and remain current with studies in their respective fields. They may be teachers, writers, editors, librarians, archivists, curators, or persons otherwise professionally engaged.

Scholars may also be derived from diverse cultural traditions where learning occurs outside the traditional academic environment. Therefore, some may be without advanced degrees but also qualify as humanities scholars because of their methods of inquiry, research, and teaching. Humanities scholars encourage dialogue, critical thinking, and analysis. They contribute knowledge, methods, and resources that are at the core of the humanities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169208

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant request is $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Project periods may cover up to one year from the announcement of the award. A 90-day pre-award period may be applicable in some instances. Please contact MHC to discuss situations where project expenses may expenses occur prior to the award notification date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The applicant organization must be a nonprofit authorized to operate in the state of Michigan.
-The organization need not be incorporated and may be a public agency.
-Individuals are not eligible.
-Sponsoring organizations are encouraged to collaborate with other organizations.

Humanities grant funds MAY NOT be used for:

-Advocacy or action programs, or social services
-Travel for study or to attend conferences
-Field trip transportation expenses and admission fees
-Scholarships or academic credit
-Construction or renovation; computers, property or equipment purchases (some rental is eligible); artifact restoration
-General operating expenses
-Food (except for resource personnel traveling to a project), refreshments or entertainment
-Individuals; general operating support; fundraising activities

Art activities may be part of the project if used as a catalyst for discussion or interpretation of humanities themes. Humanities themes must be central to the project. Art and music education activities are not eligible, nor are projects that are solely art-focused.

Pre-Application Information:

Cost-share in the form of cash or in-kind resources, is required based on the size of the grant request:

-120% cost share for requests greater than $3,000 up to $15,000
-100% cost share required for requests $3,000 or less

For Humanities Grants, federal dollars may not be used as matching funds.

Complete and submit the draft form to MHC no later than July 1, 2017. Proposals are reviewed in the order they are received.

The draft proposal is optional and is offered as a tool to help applicants fine-tune an application to be more competitive in the review process. Feedback is provided based on information submitted in the draft proposal. The submission of a draft proposal is not required.

Fall 2017 Grants (Awards made in November 2017):
-May - July: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
-August 17: Final online grant application deadline
-November 3, 2017: Award notification

Spring 2018 Grants (Awards made in June 2018):
-December - February: Draft project proposals accepted and feedback provided
-March 15: Final online grant application deadline
-June 8, 2018: Award notification

General Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Final Application:

Robbe DiPietro
(517) 372-7770

119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 3B
Lansing, MI 48912

P: 517-372-7770
F: 517-372-0027

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan