Grants at a Glance

Mass Humanities provides grants to non-profit organizations for public humanities programs.

Project Grant

Our standard grant supports public humanities programming in almost all formats, including lectures, reading-and-discussion series, exhibits, walking tours, film pre-production and distribution projects, teacher education projects, and out-of-school humanities enrichment programs. The maximum award is $7,500, though film projects, as well as projects that meet thematic incentives, carry maximums of $15,000. There are three deadlines each year. DETAILS

Discussion Grants

Discussion Grants support projects that include face-to-face conversations about in-depth humanities topics. Discussion Grants may take many forms and may be used to host a number of discussion-based programs. The maximum award is $3,000, though projects that meet thematic incentives carry maximums of $3,500. There are three deadlines each year. DETAILS

Local History Grants

Mass Humanities offers two Local History Grants to support small organizations in working with their historical collections. Massachusetts towns and historical societies have significant collections in which they collectively archive the history of the people of the Commonwealth. The Research Inventory Grant has a maximum of $2,000, and the Scholar in Residence Grant has a maximum of $3,500. There are three deadlines each year. DETAILS

Public Squared Challenge Grant

This annual grant supports the collaboration of two or more organizations in creating interactive, face-to-face public programs that prioritize both of our incentives: Negotiating the Social Contract and Engaging New Audiences. The maximum award is $25,000: $15,000 in outright funds and a $10,000 challenge portion. There is one deadline each year. DETAILS