Public Squared Annual Challenge Grant

Grant to Massachusetts Nonprofits for a
Collaborative Humanities Discussion Project

GrantWatch ID#: 176480
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Mass Humanities


02/01/17 11:59 PM

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Grant of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for a collaborative humanities project that addresses civic engagement and conversation. LOIs are due by December 19. Proposals must be submitted by two or more collaboration organizations to develop an open discussion involving the program’s theme of Negotiating the Social Contract.

Eligible projects will:

-Be participatory and include provisions for face-to-face conversation or discussion;

-Be a collaboration of two or more organizations;

-Pro-actively Engage New Audiences (ENA) for the humanities in response to the funding source's ENA initiative (;

-Be designed specifically in response to the Mass Humanities thematic initiative, Negotiating the Social Contract

More information about the Negotiating the Social Contract thematic initiative may be found here:


Up to $25,000. ($15,000 in outright funds, to be matched 1:1 by the applicant according to the guidelines;
Up to $10,000 in challenge funds, to be matched 2:1 by one or more third parties)

Projects are usually completed within one year. Funds may not be requested for expenses incurred before the start date. The standard project start date is two months after the application deadline.

Any nonprofit organization, whether or not it has 501(c)(3) status, is eligible.

A public humanities project must be substantively rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines.
More information about eligible humanities disciplines may be found here:

Humanities scholars must participate in all Mass Humanities funded projects. More information about qualifying humanities scholars may be found here:

Grants will provide $15,000 in outright funds, to be matched 1:1 by the applicant according to the guidelines; and up to $10,000 in challenge funds, to be matched 2:1 by one or more third parties

Submit online Inquiry form (LOI) at least six weeks prior to the application deadline. This initiates a conversation with program staff.

If LOI is approved, submit a draft about three weeks before the final application is due. Submit full application by deadline.

-LOI Deadline: December 19, 2016
-Draft Deadline: January 9, 2017
-Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
-Approximate Notification: March 20, 2017

Application Instructions:

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

Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants & Programs
(413) 584-8440 x106

Melissa Wheaton, Grant Administrator
(413) 584-8440 x100

Rose Sackey-Milligan, Program Officer
(413) 584-8440 x101

Mass Humanities
66 Bridge Street
Northampton, MA 01060

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