Major Grant

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Humanities Programming

GrantWatch ID#: 181565
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Missouri Humanities Council (MHC)


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Grants ranging from $2,501 to $10,000 to Missouri nonprofit organizations, schools, educational institutions, government agencies, and civic associations for humanities-based programs and projects. Application drafts will be accepted for review up to 30 days prior to the deadline.

The audiences and/or communities being served by the proposed program or project must be located within the state of Missouri.

Types of Supported Activities:

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 facilitates 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 institution

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 (the Council suggests black print on white background, using a sans serif font, no smaller than 12-point).

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.

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

Major grant requests are $2,501 and up to $10,000.

Grant-funded activities should not be scheduled earlier than 60 days from the grant request submission deadline.

Applicants may receive up to two consecutive grants. Those who receive two consecutive awarded grants will be required to take a year off before re-applying to MHC.

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

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.

Major grants are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants over $2,501 must be submitted by the first work day of the months of April and September.

MHC staff and grant committee members are happy to review draft applications and make suggestions for improvements. However, please send your draft for review at least 30 days prior to the actual submission deadline you intend to meet. This will provide time for our review and for you to make any recommended changes. Please keep in mind that although MHC’s review of your draft will probably increase your chances of success, it is not a guarantee of approval.

Applicants will be notified about results six weeks following the application deadline.

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
415 South 18th St., Ste. 100
St. Louis, MO 63103

Fax: 314-781-9681

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