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Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, Churches,
Schools, and IHEs for Small Scale Humanities Projects

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Maine Humanities Council (MHC)

Deadline Date:

05/06/21 - for Mini Grants only


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, agencies, churches, schools, libraries, institutions of higher education, and tribal organizations for small-scale humanities projects. Funding is intended to support projects that are open to the public and include the involvement of the community and a humanities scholar or expert. Priority will be given to projects in underserved communities.

Mini Grants are for projects that use the humanities to connect people across physical distance, whether they make use of digital technologies or use ways of connecting those without access to digital tools. 

The main goal of the humanities is to develop awareness and understanding of people’s lived experience, and to put it into words. Any aspect of human culture -- literature, art, music, history, laws, ethics, philosophy – becomes humanities content when participants in the program or project are invited to deepen their understanding of the work and its context through interpretation, analysis, or discussion. Humanities programs and projects can take many forms: exhibitions, conferences, film/video productions, podcasts/radio shows, discussions, performances framed by interpretation.


  • Intended to support non-profit organizations to provide rich humanities programs with broad public outreach that support and involve their communities.
  • Organizations serving and/or led by members of communities traditionally underresourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply.
    • These groups include people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people who live in rural areas, people with disabilities, people who identify as immigrants or refugees, and people whose first (or only) language is not English. (Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.)
  • It is the aim of the Maine Humanities Council to maximize the impact of available funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176559

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini Grants: up to $1,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin no sooner than 8 weeks after the deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations in Maine are eligible to apply. This includes:
- 501(c)(3) organizations registered in Maine.
- Maine tribal organizations.
- Maine public libraries.
- Government agencies; universities, colleges, academic departments; public, private, or parochial schools; churches.

If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) non-profit, you will need a fiscal sponsor.

Not eligible: individuals; for-profit organizations; political or advocacy organizations; entities with significant public funding.

For more information on ineligible applicants, see:

- Funds cannot be used to cover general operating expenses.
- Funds cannot be used for projects that promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view or discriminate against persons or groups.

For more information on ineligible projects, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

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The Maine Humanities Council holds online info sessions every application round – so you can meet the staff, learn a little more about what the Council does, ask questions, and meet some of the other amazing people developing projects around Maine.

Pre-Application Information:

Mini Grants Deadline: May 6

Grant notifications will be made within 8 weeks of final submission.

The grant award must be matched by either cash or in-kind support, or a combination of both, which may come from a third-party or directly from the applicant. In other words, 50% of the total project costs must come from sources other than an MHC award.

Contact Information:

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

Submit: Finished application and budget to with “Mini Grant” and the application deadline as your subject line.

Please submit questions via email to Lizz Sinclair at
(207) 773-5051

Maine Humanities Council
674 Brighton Avenue
Portland, Maine 04102

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