Literature & Medicine Grant

Literature & Medicine: Humanities, Health, & Healthcare discussion series are multi-session discussion series that explore issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying. These projects use literature, journalism, or other sources of humanities content such as film or theater to stimulate discussions on various health issues, such as advanced and chronic illnesses, mental illness, aging in a youth-obsessed world, issues around death and dying, rights of self-determination, wellness, and other relevant health topics in American society.

These series take place in a wide spectrum of civic, cultural, and service organizations: community centers, faith-based organizations, hospitals, community health centers, libraries, and veterans and military/service organizations. Literature & Medicine brings community residents and humanities scholars together for discussion, learning, and enjoyment.

This grant program is based on the Maine Humanities Council’s Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare.

Applicants who wish to modify a Literature & Medicine project into something that does not fit these guidelines may want to apply for an Open Discussion grant instead. Please contact Rose Sackey-Milligan if you have questions.

Essentials for Applicants

  • All nonprofit and government organizations that serve Massachusetts residents are eligible to apply.
  • Humanities scholar-facilitator must be confirmed at the time of application.
  • Applicants may request a maximum of $2,000 or $2,500 (see Literature & Medicine guidelines (pdf) for maximum amount eligibility).
  • Applicants ensure a minimum of 20 participants.
  • Download and read the Literature & Medicine guidelines (pdf) before submitting an application. Full instructions on how to apply online can be found in the guidelines.


  • Discussion Grants deadlines are four times a year and notification is within three weeks of submission. See Discussion Grants deadline chart for specific dates.
  • LOI forms must be submitted online at least two weeks before the application deadline. You may contact Mass Humanities staff or submit an LOI form online at any time.
  • 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.
  • For guidance in scheduling a discussion project, please see our Discussion Grant Coordinator’s Guide(pdf).

Grant Publicity Requirements, click here.