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Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, Churches,
Schools, and IHEs for Humanities Projects

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Maine Humanities Council (MHC)

Deadline Date:

01/31/20 - for Major Grants only


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants ranging from $1,001 to $7,500 to Maine nonprofit organizations, government agencies, churches, schools, and IHEs for a broad range of public humanities projects. Funding is intended for projects such as conferences, exhibits, films, websites, and other initiatives.

Two types of grants are available:

  • Mini Grants support a wide variety of public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, cultural celebrations, etc.
  • Major Grants support a variety of larger humanities projects such as exhibits, conferences, films, and other initiatives. Projects have well-developed thematic content, broad public outreach, and strong scholar participation.

Humanities projects funded by MHC bring historical, cultural, or ethical perspectives to bear on topics and issues of interest to our communities. These may take many different forms, but they often share the following characteristics. They:

  • Engage participants in thinking critically about fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning.
  • Promote better understanding of ourselves and others, past and present.
  • Are conducted in a spirit of open and informed inquiry, providing multiple viewpoints where applicable.
  • Involve partnerships between community organizations, cultural institutions, and scholars in the humanities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176559

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini Grants: up to $1,000
Major Grants: $1,001 to $7,500

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin no sooner than 8 weeks after the deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must:
- Have an office or address in Maine, or have at least one member of the project who possesses a Maine address;
- Be a 501(c)(3) organization, a government organization (such as a federally recognized Indian tribal government or organization or state/local/city government), a church, or an education organization (school or school district, public or private institution of higher education).
- Not have received another MHC grant in this current year (with one exception: organizations may be awarded both an MHC and an Arts & Humanities grant in the same year). If you have questions around timing and eligibility, please call us to discuss.
- Not currently have an overdue final report for a previous MHC grant. Applications will only be considered when recipients have submitted a complete on-time final report on the previous grant.

If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you will need a fiscal sponsor.

Individuals are not funded.

For a list of projects that are not funded, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Council staff is happy to provide advice and suggestions that may strengthen your application. Call the office during office hours.

Office hours for grant queries:
Mondays: 12 – 5
Thursdays: 12 – 5
Fridays: 9 – 5

Pre-Application Information:

Major Grants Deadlines: January 31, 2020
Mini GrantsDeadlines: October 4, 2019

Major grant applicants may submit a draft application if they wish. It is not required and is not used as a screening process. The committee will review it and, if appropriate, offer suggestions for improvement.

Notification: Within 6 weeks of final submission.

Application Guidelines:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Finished applications and budget forms should be emailed to:

Jerome Bennett
Maine Humanities Council
674 Brighton Avenue
Portland, Maine 04102
(207) 773-5051

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