Local History Grants

Mass Humanities offers two Local History Grants to support smaller historical organizations in working with their collections. Massachusetts towns and historical societies have significant collections that archive the history of the people of the Commonwealth. Both grant options are available three times each year (please see deadlines below).

Research Inventory Grant

The Research Inventory Grant (RIG) funds inventorying projects designed to support future programming, including but not limited to cataloguing of manuscripts, published records, photographs, artifacts, or other materials in the organization`s collections or mission area. General inventories and inventories prepared for national register or historic district nominations will not be considered. Institutions that successfully complete an inventory project are encouraged to apply for the Scholar in Residence program.  DETAILS

Scholar in Residence Grant

The Scholar in Residence (SIR) grant funds research that advances the interpretation and presentation of history by Massachusetts history organizations, based on research in the organization’s collections or mission purview. The program has a dual purpose: to provide organizations with expertise not usually available to them, and to encourage scholars to use the rich resources of the state’s history museums and historical societies. Priority is given to small organizations. DETAILS


See grant deadlines page.


Humanities scholars interested in facilitating discussion projects should complete our Scholars Participation Form.