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Apply for 2020 Support Grants

Marginalized communities, and the wealth of culture, knowledge, critical perspectives and civic potential within them, are at greatest risk during the COVID-19 crisis.

Through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Mass Humanities will provide operating support grants to organizations that primarily serve the most marginalized people in our society, engaging them with the humanities in ways such as exploring their culture or values, sharing and connecting their stories, having conversations about the big questions facing our world, or learning English and the knowledge they need to become citizens.

Grants are available to organizations that do this work and have operating expenses below $3 million. Applicants need not define themselves as humanities organizations in order to apply. 

Have questions about 2020 Support Grants?  View the Powerpoint and  recording of our online tutorial on filling out the application and registering in our online system, with Q&A with the audience, held on Aug. 3, 2020.


Applications open on July 22 and close August 10, 2020, at midnight. If power outages resulting from the recent storm have affected your ability to complete the 2020 Support Grant application by the Aug. 10 deadline, please email us at and we will work out a solution.

Notification will begin on Sept. 15. Funds must be spent by June 15, 2021, and a final report is due on Sept. 1, 2021.


Applicants should request grants of $5,000. Actual grant amounts may vary and will be determined by the money available and the number of organizations recommended for funding. Funding for this grant is competitive but all recommended organizations will receive the same amount of funding.

Questions? Click here to email our grants staff.

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