Applying for a Discussion Grant

A. Check to see if your organization meets the qualifications. If you can answer ‘yes’ to both of these questions, you may be eligible to apply for a grant.

  • Is your organization a nonprofit?
  • Will your project engage and benefit Massachusetts residents?

B. Read the appropriate guidelines for the type of discussion grant you want to apply for: Open Discussion (pdf), Reading & Discussion (pdf), Civil Rights Discussion (pdf), Common Good Reads Discussion (pdf), Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) (pdf), or Literature & Medicine (pdf) before beginning the online application process. Note: FAIR discussion grant option is on hold until further notice (5/17/17). Read the Discussion Grant Coordinator’s Guide (pdf) for guidance in planning, scheduling, and publicizing Discussion projects.

C. There are two parts to the Mass Humanities Discussion Grant online application process: the LOI form and the application. Discussion Grant deadlines are four times per year and notification is within three weeks of submission. Submit your online LOI form at least ten weeks ahead of your intended start date, so that you can submit your online application at least eight weeks ahead of your intended start date. We encourage you to watch the 10-minute applicant tutorial video which is a good overview of the online application system before proceeding. Note: All applicants will be subscribed to our eNews monthly publication which is the best way to keep informed about our grants, programs, and events. You can manage all your Mass Humanities news anytime.

Step 1: Submit an online Inquiry form (LOI)

All applicants are required to complete and submit an online Inquiry form (LOI) at least two weeks prior to the application deadline by registering through the online application system.

To submit an Inquiry form (LOI), click on the online application link at the bottom of this document. Register by selecting the “Create New Account” button if you don’t already have an account. You are prompted to enter your contact information including a required email address, information about the organization, and its authorizing official. Your email address entered on this form along with the password you set up on the next screen will be your account logon. Please write your logon information down for future reference. Once you have registered and created a new account in the online system, proceed to the “Applicant Page” and select “Discussion Grant.” An “LOI Page” will open; provide the necessary information on that page and click the “Submit Form” button to complete the LOI. Your work on the LOI can be saved and returned to; it does not need to be completed in one sitting.

The information provided in the LOI helps the Program Officers to determine if the project is eligible for MH funding in this grant category. The Program Officers will approve or decline the LOI. If approved, you will receive an email notification and can then access the full application by logging on to the account via the online application system. If declined, you receive and email explaining why your project is ineligible for consideration, and will not be able to access the full application at that time.

Step 2: Submit a Full Application

Once an Inquiry form is approved and a final go-ahead is received from a Program Officer, applicants can complete the final step of the Discussion Grant application process. Log on to your account, click “edit application,” and complete the application. Work on the application draft can be saved and returned to; it does not need to be completed in one sitting. When the application is complete and ready for submission, press the “submit” button by midnight on the application deadline date. In fairness to all applicants, all deadlines for full grant applications are firm.

If approved or declined, the applicant will receive an email notification.  Note:  All grant applicants will be subscribed to our eNews monthly publication which is the best way to keep informed about our grants, programs, and events.  You can manage all your Mass Humanities news anytime.

Go to Online Grant Application


Please contact: Abbye Meyer, or Rose Sackey-Milligan.