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Reading frederick douglass together grant

Up to $2,000

Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grants support public readings and discussions in Massachusetts of Frederick Douglass’s famous Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” A group of people take turns reading parts of the speech until they have read all of it, together. Readings can take place anywhere, from community centers to historical societies to town greens.

Update 6/17/20: Note for interested organizations: Mass Humanities will provide additional sponsorships of up to $500 to support Reading Frederick Douglass Together programs by Massachusetts-based organization. Requests will be accepted June 25 – August 15 or until funds are expended. Events can take place 1-8 weeks after the request is submitted. Contact Katherine Stevens for more information.


All nonprofit, educational institutions and government organizations that serve Massachusetts residents are eligible to apply.


  • Grants are awarded monthly, October through June, except for November, December, and April.
  • Application Deadline: May 1, June 1
  • Notification: Approx. end of each month
  • Date Projects May Begin: One month after notification
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