Grants

Championing the humanities across a state as diverse as Maryland requires many contributors and much collaboration. That’s where our Grants program comes in.

Major Grant (up to $10,000) deadlines are:

Please note that the deadlines for our spring major grant round have shifted. See details below.

SPRING (For projects beginning on or after September 1)
Letters of Intent Due: April 15*
Grant Proposals Due: June 1*
Notification: Late July
FALL (For projects beginning on or after January 1 of the following year)
Letters of Intent Due: September 1*
Grant Proposals Due: October 15*
Notification: Late November 
Mini Grant (up to $1,200) deadlines are:
March 1, July 1, and November 1.*
Submit your application to meet one of the deadlines that is at least ten (10) weeks prior to the start of your project. Notification of awards will occur five (5) weeks after the application deadline. Project must be completed within one year of award.
*All materials must be submitted through the online grants portal by 11:59 pm EST on the day of the deadline. Deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays are honored on the next business day. 

Maryland Humanities provides grants to nonprofit organizations that use the humanities (literature, philosophy, history, etc.) to inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. Grant criteria encourage free, public programming in many forms including discussions, exhibits, lectures, living history, and seminars using the humanities as central tools to explore and understand the complexity of issues affecting their communities.

Goals of the Maryland Humanities Grant Program:

  • Promote high-quality public programs that engage Maryland residents in lifelong learning
  • Support programs throughout the state offered by institutions and organizations not previously involved with Maryland Humanities
  • Reach audiences and communities (socio-economic, ethnic and geographic) that are not served by other Maryland Humanities programs
  • Support programs that effectively engage specific target audiences, with a focus on: adults with little or no college education, families with young children, immigrants, prison populations, diverse ethnic groups, veterans, and young professionals.

By the Numbers

  • 691
    grant-supported events
  • 29
    Maryland Humanities grants awarded
  • $159,041
    awarded in Maryland Humanities grants

Who We Support

Maryland Humanities supports innovative humanities projects with grants of up to $10,000, in two funding levels:

  • Major Grants: up to $10,000
  • Mini Grants: up to $1,200
  • Legacy of Race Grants: up to $3,000

View Grant Programs

  • “It is difficult to properly express our gratitude to Maryland Humanities for the help and support that we received through the grant-making process and through the project. The grant was crucial to the success of the project, and instrumental in bringing the poet (and 2016 MacArthur Fellow) Claudia Rankine to our campus. As the author of “Citizen: An America Lyric,” Rankine’s powerful reading and discussion of her work provided the anchor for our programming about public education and the role it plays in shaping the political citizen… (Maryland Humanities staff) were a constant source of encouragement and support–and we are proud to have been one of the projects that it recognized this year.”

    Dr. Kimberly Coles ~ Chair, Education and Citizenship Project Committee, University of Maryland College Park
  • “Funding from the Maryland Humanities to distribute our first publication allowed Wide Angle Youth Media to expand our reach and share youth voice in a way we have never done before. With your support, this project has not only been successful in programmatic outcomes, but has inspired and empowered young people, giving them the platform to become published artists and share their voices in our city and beyond.”

    Wide Angle Youth Media, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee, Baltimore City
  • “We had a great experience working with Maryland Humanities. Your team was very hands on, provided clear guidelines and seemed glad to assist us throughout our process. Thank you so much for the support we received to carry out our event and do much needed social justice work in our city.”

    New Lens, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee
  • “It is difficult to properly express our gratitude to Maryland Humanities for the help and support that we received through the grant-making process and through the project…The support of (Maryland Humanities) was not in funding alone. By including a spot about the initiative in (their) Humanities Connection program on WYPR, Maryland Humanities did much to help promote our initiative and alert the general public about the program that we were running in the early months of the fall.”

    Dr. Kimberly Coles ~ Chair, Education and Citizenship Project Committee, University of Maryland College Park
  • “We have truly enjoyed every funding experience with Maryland Humanities – mostly because it feels like a collaborative relationship. The staff at (Maryland Humanities) is very helpful when preparing grant proposals and reports, and we love seeing (Maryland Humanities) administrators attending our performances and other programming.”

    Center Stage, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee, Baltimore City
  • “Without support from Maryland Humanities, we never could have put together an exhibit and programming at this scale. This support allowed us to cover many more writers, artists and musicians in the exhibit than we otherwise could have done. It enabled us to offer at lease 50 percent more programming than we could have done on our own. The funds also enabled us to promote the exhibit and programs to a wider market. Furthermore, knowing there was a chance for this grant to be awarded, we felt able to apply for (even more) support from the local cultural arts board… We are enormously grateful.”

    Carol Allen, Director for the Library & Hays-Heighe House, Harford Community College, Major Grant recipient
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108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
(410) 685-0095
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