#MH50: A Year of Storytelling

Storytelling grants offer $2,000 to support events where people can tell their stories, learn from each other, and share new narratives about the Commonwealth.

Application Opens
March 11, 2024
Deadline
April 19, 2024

About this Grant

#MH50: A Year of Storytelling – Event Sponsorship grants offer $2,000 for free public storytelling or story-sharing events in six cities across Massachusetts:

  • Pittsfield, Holyoke, Worcester, Lawrence, Brockton, and Roxbury-Dorchester.

Mass Humanities will award approximately 3 sponsorships in each city.

Eligible events will highlight voices and experiences of Massachusetts residents, with an emphasis on communities that have gone unrecognized, or have been excluded from public conversation.

Grants DETAILS

Applicants and events must be based in one (or more) of the following cities: Pittsfield, Holyoke, Worcester, Lawrence, Brockton, and Roxbury-Dorchester. 

Events must:

  • Be free and open to the public.
  • Take place between June 14, 2024 and December 31, 2024.
  • Reflect, explore, and/or share the lived experience of speakers or participants who are Massachusetts residents.
  • Take place in eligible cities.

Applicants must: be a 501(c)(3) non-profit, fiscally sponsored project or individual, public library, or state or federally recognized tribe. Based in eligible cities.

See the Grant Guidelines document linked above for more information on eligibility.

March 11, 2024: Applications open
April 19, 2024: Applications due
May 24, 2024: Awards announced

Approximately 15-18.

with this
grant, you can...

learn

new perspectives while connecting with others in your community.

share

experiences and stories about life in the Commonwealth.

Spark

new ideas about the importance of storytelling.

CREATE

free public events such as story circles; sharing creative non-fiction, memoir, or poetry; personal story sharing for a group or audience; storytelling performances on stage; or other forms of creative expression that share personal narratives about life in the Commonwealth.​

Where it
all began

Inspired by a visit to a correctional facility in 1995, writer Earl Shorris started a course with faculty of fellow scholars at the Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center in the city’s Lower East Side neighborhood. Graduates of that first course went on to become dentists, nurses, fashion designers, and drug counselors with two participants later earning their PhDs. Since 1996, over 10,000 students have benefited from the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Classes continue to take place across the U.S., and around the world.

In 1999, we brought the Clemente Course to Massachusetts to give everyone, regardless of race, income and educational background, the opportunity to enrich their lives through the humanities. Overcoming formidable obstacles such as economic instability, health challenges, family responsibilities and disability, we have seen over 750 Massachusetts residents graduate from the program.

Past Grantees

Learn about past projects completed by grantees.

grant webinars
& workshops

Mass Humanities hosts periodic webinars and workshops to support you and set the stage for a successful funded project. 

Al and Sally Griggs
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through the Federation of State Humanities Councils
The Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc.
F. Roscoe and Vila B. Webber 1985 Charitable Trust
Marcia Butzel Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Paul and Edith Babson Foundation
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Wells Fargo Foundation

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