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MHC Grants - Regular Grants and Minigrants

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies,
and Groups for Public Humanities Projects

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Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/19 5:00 PM Receipt for Regular Grant applications; Mini-Grant applications are due at least eight weeks prior to the project activity


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Grants of up to $2,000 and grants up to $7,500 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, groups, IHEs, and government agencies for humanities projects serving public audiences. Applicants must contact program staff at least four weeks prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to support a broad range of projects that use humanities disciplines to increase understanding of the human experience.

The humanities enrich our understanding of the human experience in the past, present and future. The humanities disciplines, as defined by Congress, include:

- Literature, classics, languages, and linguistics
- History and archaeology
- Philosophy, jurisprudence, ethics, and comparative religion
- History, criticism, and theory of the arts
- Social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches

Through language, literature and the arts, human beings express their knowledge about their cultural heritage and reflect on its meaning. The contributions of scholars, writers and researchers in such fields as philosophy, ethics and jurisprudence enrich the civic dialogue in a democratic society. Insights about the past from archaeology and history enable us to interpret the present and plan for a better future.

Types of Grants:

The MHC grants program seek to fund projects that stimulate meaningful community dialogue, attract diverse audiences, are participatory and engaging and apply the humanities to our everyday lives. Grants may be used to support public humanities programs, exhibits, the planning of larger projects, and the development of original productions in film, television, radio or online resources.

- Mini-Grants: Grants of $2,000 or less are considered Mini-Grants.

- Regular Grants: Grants greater than $2,000 are considered regular grants. Regular grants may be used to support larger public humanities programs, conferences, exhibits and the development of original productions in film, television, radio, or online resources

Funding Criteria:

Funding by MHC in any given round depends on the quality of proposals, on the funds available, and on the number of proposals received. MHC attempts to allocate funds equitably across the state Congressional districts to serve as many Mississippians as possible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180374

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Mini-Grants: Up to $2,000
- Regular Grants: $2,001 - $7,500

Term of Contract:

Grant periods should not begin less than eight weeks after minigrant deadlines and ten weeks after major grant deadlines.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations or groups that apply for grants from MHC must be constituted for nonprofit purposes. It is not necessary that such organizations or groups be incorporated or have tax-exempt status.

Typical organizations eligible for grants include:
- Private nonprofit organizations
- Institutions of higher education
- State, local, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments
- Community and cultural organizations
- Educational and professional groups
- Museums
- Libraries
- Public agencies
- Non-commercial radio and television stations

MHC does not award grants to for-profit entities.

MHC will not support the following:
- Programs that have an admission fee or registration charge
- Projects primarily intended to promote an organization or its programs
- Salaries of employees associated with the applying organization or other overhead costs
- Construction, preservation or renovation of facilities or purchase of equipment
- Acquisitions or additions to collections
- Alcoholic beverages
- Entertainment
- Food costs for audiences
- Courses for academic credit
- Fellowships, scholarships and prizes
- Travel to professional meetings
- Individual research projects unless they are directly supporting a public humanities program
- Publications, or performances or presentations of works of art, unless they are essential in conveying the humanities content of the project to a non-academic audience
- Projects that advocate or promote a particular political, ideological, religious or partisan point of view
- No MHC grants funds may be used for political lobbying activities

Individuals and for-profit groups are not eligible to apply for MHC grants. While nonprofit organizations may collaborate informally to share grant funds, the name of only one organization may appear on the application. A staff member from that organization will be the lead organizer or project director.

Pre-Application Information:

There are no deadlines for minigrants, though applications must be received at least six weeks before the program or proposed grant period begins.

Deadlines for applying for regular grants are May 1 and September 15. Proposals must be delivered to the MHC office by 5:00 PM on these dates. Programs and expenditures may not occur fewer than ten weeks after the deadline date you selected.

To make the best use of your time, MHC will help you determine whether your project is eligible for our grant program before you apply. Via email or phone, applicants must contact the Executive Director or the Assistant Director a minimum of four weeks before the grant deadline you select to discuss your project. Staff will give you guidance on how to craft a successful application and answer any questions you have.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft of their grant application, including proposed budget, at least two weeks prior to the deadline. MHC staff will offer constructive feedback and suggestions on how to strengthen the application.

You will receive notification by email of funding decisions within four weeks of your submission of a minigrant, and within ten weeks of the application deadline for a regular grant. Please note MHC does not process early submissions until the official deadline for that funding cycle.

All grant applicants must have a DUNS number.

It is essential that the applicant organization and humanities scholars collaborate in preparing the grant application. Please state on your application whether your proposed speakers have accepted your invitation to participate on the scheduled dates. Participating scholars should understand that their audience will consist of the general public, not just other scholars.

Each organization applying for a grant must provide for the project’s cost-sharing contributions in cash and/or in kind. The combined total of cash and in-kind contributions must at least equal the amount of MHC funds. Applicants are encouraged to be comprehensive in their in-kind calculations, which may exceed the amount of grant funds requested.

Note: Many organizations meet the cost-sharing requirement through donated goods and services, such as the estimated value of volunteers’ time, meeting space provided free of charge or donated materials. Most applicants accumulate cost-sharing through the contributed time of project staff, especially the project director and volunteers. MHC staff is available to help you determine your cost-sharing contributions.

MHC recognizes that all cost-sharing or matching funds may not be in hand at the time of application. However, you must describe how you expect to meet the matching requirements.

The Mississippi Humanities Council requires that all grants over $2,000 must be matched in part by cash. For grants greater than $2,000, a cash match of 10% is required.

Grant Information:

Contact Information:

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

Before you submit any grant application, contact Assistant Director Carol Andersen at to discuss your project.

Grant application drafts should be sent via email to

The Council prefers for applications to be submitted via email to If this is not possible, the completed forms may be mailed to:

Mississippi Humanities Council
3825 Ridgewood Road, Room 317
Jackson, MS 39211


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