• Improving Civic Life: Our grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities disciplines.

  • The Clemente Course: Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are given tuition-free, college level instruction for college credit. They study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and writing.

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Big Ideas Wanted

This February we will award our largest grant, Public Squared. We're offering up to $25,000 for collaborative, socially-engaged projects that broaden the reach of the humanities.

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Common Good Reads

We have a new grant for discussion programs which utilize Pulitzer Prize-winning literature and journalism in public libraries, Adult Basic Education programs or other community settings.

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Find a Grant

We will award $400,000 this year in grants—inquire now about one for your work. Send us your ideas for public programs that engage the humanities! Our next LOI form deadline is December 15th.

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Featured Grant: We, the Peoples

Primary sources offer gateways to the past and to cultural understanding. The historical record of American colonization is rife with misconceptions of colonists and the indigenous peoples they encountered. A hands-on, primary source teacher education program convened by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society called We, the Peoples, sought to remedy the gap in understanding with support from Mass Humanities.

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11/28/15 10:00 AM3:00 PM
The Chair City Community Art Center is a volunteer run workshop where first hand accounts from furniture workers are made into hand-printed, hand-boun...  Learn More
11/28/15 10:30 AM12:00 PM
A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents or caregivers read and disc...  Learn More

"Storm Warriors" Rescue 29 Sailors off Hull

On this day in 1888, one of the most ferocious storms of the nineteenth century battered the New England coast. In the seas off Hull, "Storm Warriors," as the men of the United States Life-S...
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