Mini Grant

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Public Humanities Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 179503
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Missouri Humanities Council (MHC)


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Missouri nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, libraries, government agencies, and civic associations for public humanities activities. Application drafts will be accepted and reviewed up to four weeks prior to the deadline. Projects must serve Missouri audiences and/or communities.

MHC awards grants to nonprofit organizations including museums, libraries, educational institutions, local government, civic associations, and other similar organizations for programs in any format that facilitate interaction between public audiences and humanities experts such as scholars, authors, and educators.

MHC will also assist with funding for projects such as (but not limited to):

-Interpretive exhibits
-Content-based web site enhancements
-Living history and museum theater presentations that include interpretive elements
-Presentations in the creative and performing arts that include humanities-based discussion
-Teachers’ workshops in the humanities
-Panel discussions and other types of public forums on humanities-related topics
-Media and publication projects that support the mission of a humanities-based organization or

A key factor that MHC council members will consider in evaluating applications is whether or not humanities experts or scholars are involved in the planning, development, and execution of the activity.

Inclusion of People with Disabilities:

Grant applicants should plan to accommodate audience members with disabilities. Program organizers should select venues that provide parking, entrances, bathrooms and seating that are accessible for participants who use wheelchairs and walkers. Printed materials such as programs and other hand-outs should be designed to accommodate the needs of people with limited vision.

Accessibility should be noted in event publicity. Any costs associated with expanding the accessibility of an activity are allowable as an expense of a grant.


Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) believes equity, justice, empathy, and respect are essential for vital, flourishing communities. The Council encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help the Council work toward its vision of a Missouri that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

MHC grant funds CAN be used for the following:

-Honoraria and travel for speakers, consulting scholars, and program presenters
-Instructional, interpretive and office supplies directly needed to support a funded activity
-Facility and equipment rental
-Publicity and promotional expenses
-Communication expenses, including telephone and internet charges
-Materials, labor and design fees for interpretive exhibits
-Acquisition of AV equipment for interpretive exhibits
-Administrative expenses (outside of regular staff salaries)
-Accessibility-related expenses

Up to $2,500

MHC will consider any proposal to support humanities-based projects or programs submitted by a nonprofit organization or a civic, educational, or cultural organization that operates as a nonprofit, including (but not limited to) schools and other educational institutions, local government and governmental agencies, and civic associations.

Organizations may apply individually or in partnership with other eligible entities and organizations (in the case of multiple partners participating in the grant project, only a single organization can serve as the applying entity). The principal offices of the applicant organization must be within the state of Missouri and must have a DUNS number for your organization. Individuals and for-profit entities may not apply for MHC grants.

MHC Grant Funds CANNOT be used for the following:
-Programs or projects that have no humanities-related content, interpretation or discussion
-Programs that advocate a particular religious or political point of view
-Individual research unrelated to a program being funded by MHC
-Capital improvements such as construction, acquisition of equipment, artifact or structural restoration and/or preservation costs that are unrelated to an interpretive exhibit
-Museum or library collection acquisitions, except for modest expenditures directly related to an interpretive program or project
-Salaries or wages for permanent institutional staff (e.g. Project Directors)
-General operating support
-Food or liquor
-Entertainment that is unrelated to program content
-Individual study to obtain an academic degree

Applications are considered four times each year with the following deadlines: November 1 , February 1, May 1, August 1.

Potential grant applicants may submit a draft proposal to the MHC staff four weeks prior to any grant deadline.

Applicants will be notified about results by the last business day of the month in which their application is evaluated by the Council members.

Grant-funded activities should not be scheduled earlier than 60 days from the grant request submission deadline. This will allow sufficient time for publicizing your program (if a favorable decision is reached), or for you to find alternate sources of funding if the request is not approved.

MHC will not fund 100% of the costs associated with a program or project. The applicant organizations must show in their grant request that they and/or other partners in the project will be contributing in-kind goods and services and/or cash amounts that are at least equal to MHC’s contribution in covering costs of the grant-funded activity.

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

Clarice Britton, Director of Operations

Missouri Humanities Council
Attn: Grants
415 South 18th St., Ste. 100
St. Louis, MO 63103

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