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Student Humanities Grant

Grants to Maine High School Students for
Community Humanities Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Humanities Council (MHC)

Deadline Date:

11/30/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $500 to Maine high school students working with local nonprofit organizations for humanities projects that promote community engagement. Applicants and their adult mentors must first speak with the funding source about their project.

The humanities encourage us to ask “Why?” They explore the human experience by encouraging reflection through literature, history, philosophy, and culture. The humanities use discussion and dialogue, analysis and interpretation, and investigation to explore what it means to be human.

Humanities projects funded by MHC generally:

- Engage participants in thinking critically about fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning.
- Promote better understanding of ourselves and others, past and present.
- Are conducted in a spirit of open and informed inquiry, providing multiple viewpoints where applicable.
- Involve partnerships between community organizations, cultural institutions, and scholars in the humanities.

MHC looks for projects that:

- Have an interpretive focus.
- Involve a humanities expert.
- Include a public program.
- Provide balanced viewpoints.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184643

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by June 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Maine high school students may apply.

Adult Mentor:
You need to work closely with an adult mentor—most likely a teacher, librarian, or other adult in your community who can help you to manage the project. A teacher or librarian is probably the easiest choice.

Partner Organization:
In addition to an adult mentor, you must find a partner nonprofit or educational organization to be the lead organization because MHC can’t give money to individuals. So for example, that means you need to talk to your school, your community’s library, a historical society, or a local nonprofit organization, and ask them to be the partner organization. Their role will be to accept and manage the grant money on your behalf. Depending on your project, the partner organization may also do more than just manage the money.

Not funded:

- Art performances or creative works on their own. MHC needs to see some discussion about the performance or work, for example a panel discussion after a theatrical performance or an author talk/Q&A after a reading.
- Publications, unless integral to public programs.
- Grants primarily for group or individual travel.
- Projects designed as fundraising ventures.
- Projects that are discriminatory against persons or groups.

Pre-Application Information:

You and your mentor should arrange a time to speak to with the funding source. You can contact Lizz Sinclair by phone or email.

Give MHC a call to talk about your project idea—staff is available to help you at any point through the application process and can help you to flush out your vision for the project, find scholars, or understand how to fill out the budget form.

Send the application and budget form by email no later than midnight on November 30, 2018.

Grant awards announced: December 10, 2018
Project completion date and final report due: June 2019

Contact Information:

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

Lizz Sinclair
(207) 773-5051

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine