Grants at a Glance

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

Project Grant

Our standard grant supports public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts in all formats, including large film-, lecture-, reading-and-discussion series; exhibits; walking tours; media pre-production and distribution; and other public humanities-based activities such as teacher education and out of school humanities enrichment programs. The standard maximum award is $7,500, though thematic, audience, and film incentives can push the maximum as high as $15,000. Three deadlines per year.  DETAILS

Local History Grants

Mass Humanities Humanities offers two Local History Grants to support work in smaller historical organizations in their work with their collections. Massachusetts towns and historical societies have significant collections in which they collectively archive the history of the people of the Commonwealth. Maximum awards range from $2,000 to $3,500. Three deadlines per year.  DETAILS

Discussion Grants

Mass Humanities supports projects that include face to face facilitated discussion with grant opportunities ranging from completely open in format and content to “off the shelf” programs with syllabi and set budgets that simplify planning. Currently, Mass Humanities has six discussion grant options. Maximum awards range from $2,000 to $3,500. Three deadlines per year.  DETAILS

Public Squared Challenge Grant

An annual grant supporting the collaborative efforts of two or more organizations determined to create interactive, face-to-face public programs addressing our thematic initiative 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.  DETAILS