Grant Programs

Our grants support public programming with the humanities at its heart — inspiring organizations to explore innovative programs that spark dialogue, strive to engage new audiences, and stimulate the thoughtful exchange of ideas.

Programs can take many forms, including lectures, new media projects, reading and discussion programs, creative writing and poetry, seminars, interpretive exhibits, local and living histories, spoken word programs, and interpreting oral histories.

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

Funding Categories

  • Major Grants (awards up to $10,000)
    Our Major Grants Program supports innovative projects that use the humanities as the central resource to engage diverse groups and individuals through programming like exhibits, community dialogues, and documentary films, and include a wide variety of perspectives exploring critical issues.

     

    DEADLINES:

    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

    * 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. 

  • Mini Grants (awards up to $1,200)
    Our Mini Grants Program invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply for funding in support of public humanities projects, documentary film, and civic education initiatives. Mini Grants give priority to the programming needs of smaller institutions and under-served audiences to support new programs in the humanities.

    DEADLINES:

    Mini Grant 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. 

  • Humanities Fund for Baltimore (awards up to $5,000)
    We are not currently offering any grants in this category.  For the latest updates on all available funding opportunities from Maryland Humanities, please sign up for our enewsletter.

    In November 2015, the Maryland Humanities announced a new grant program, the Humanities Fund for Baltimore. This program was formed to support local nonprofit organizations in creating public programs that use the humanities to respond to, interpret, and shed light on the Baltimore unrest of April 2015. Funded programs would bring people together to understand the many contexts for the unrest, support humanities programs that educate young people and adults about the history and roots of economic and racial inequality in communities of color in Baltimore City, and tap into and build on work already being done by others in the community.

    We’re excited to announce we allocated two rounds of funding for the Humanities Fund for Baltimore. Eleven organizations were awarded grants of up to $5,000 for a total of $54,681. You can learn more about these awardees and their inspiring humanities-based projects on our Awarded Grants page, under the grant awardee list for FY2016. Many of our first round grantees have already launched their projects.  Programs supported by funds awarded to our second round of grantees will occur between April 15 and September 15, 2016. Visit our events calendar to find out how you can join these important conversations.

  • Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States (awards up to $3,000)
    We are not currently offering any grants in this category.  For the latest updates on all available funding opportunities from Maryland Humanities, please sign up for our enewsletter.

    In October 2016, Maryland Humanities announced a new grant program, the Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States. This program was formed to engage people of a variety of ages and ethnicities in critical conversations about the racial issues that divide our communities. Funded projects built on vital work already being conducted throughout the state and inspired new work using the humanities.

    Five organizations were awarded grants of $3,000 for a total of $15,000. You can learn more about these awardees and their inspiring humanities-based projects on our Awarded Grants page, under the grant awardee list for FY2017. Many of our first round grantees have already launched their projects.  Programs supported by funds will occur between January and August 2017. Visit our events calendar to find out how you can join these important conversations.

Please pay close attention to our grant deadlines. We want your proposal to get its fair consideration, but in fairness to other applicants and to the process, we cannot make any exceptions to our deadlines.

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
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