Championing the humanities across a state as diverse as Maryland requires many contributors and much collaboration. That’s where our SHINE Grants program comes in: Strengthening the Humanities Investment in Nonprofits for Equity
Maryland Humanities’ grants program will now fund general operating support to humanities nonprofits in Maryland. We have been actively adjusting our grant practices over the past few years with a focus on equity and accessibility. Since 2020, we’ve had the opportunity to award $1.425 million in COVID-relief funds–all as general operating support grants. With SHINE, Maryland Humanities takes the next step in our grantmaking evolution and aims to lower barriers and provide funding in a more equitable way to organizations statewide. Thank you to the State of Maryland via the Maryland Historical Trust for providing the SHINE seed money and helping to invest in a healthier humanities landscape statewide.
Goals of Maryland Humanities’ SHINE Grants Program
- Continue and expand general operating support funding, awarding $500,000 in grants.
- Focus on small and mid‐size humanities, arts, cultural, and educational nonprofits that may not have staff capacity or resources to be competitive in fundraising.
- Ensure a broad geographic reach, similar to what we were able to realize from our COVID‐relief grants, which funded organizations in all 23 of Maryland’s counties, plus Baltimore City.
- Continue to refine lessons learned on how to evaluate applicants and distribute funds equitably, while ensuring accountability and responsible fiscal stewardship.
- Convene annual cohorts of grantees in new networks of engagement and common purpose to amplify the state’s investment, strengthening both the organizations and communities.