Championing the humanities across a state as diverse as Maryland requires many contributors and much collaboration. That’s where our Marilyn Hatza Memorial SHINE Grant Program comes in: Strengthening the Humanities Investment in Nonprofits for Equity
Maryland Humanities’ grants program funds 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 the Marilyn Hatza Memorial SHINE Grant Program, 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 Hatza SHINE seed money and helping to invest in a healthier humanities landscape statewide.
Previously known as SHINE Grant Program, Maryland Humanities has renamed it the Marilyn Hatza SHINE Grant Program. It only felt right to pay tribute to Maryland Humanities’ late Director of Grants and Community Engagement, Marilyn Hatza, in this way. She was central to the creation of this program, and much of Maryland Humanities’ other racial equity work.
Thank You, Applicants!
The Hatza Memorial SHINE FY24 funding application closed on September 1, 2023. Thank you to every organization who applied! We anticipate announcing award decisions in December 2023, providing 95 General Operating Support grants worth $10,000. Please check back here for updates about FY25 funding in Spring 2024.
Goals of the Marilyn Hatza Memorial SHINE Grant Program
- Continue and expand general operating support funding, awarding $950,000 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.
The application period closed on September 1, 2023.
Previous Grant Recipients by County
- Allegany County
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation
Frostburg Museum Association
Historic Frostburg, a Maryland Main Street Community
- Anne Arundel County
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Galesville Community Center
Lost Towns Project
- Baltimore City
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
Friends of President Street Station
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Muse Arts 360
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Association
- Baltimore County
Historical Society of Baltimore County
Historic East Towson
Maryland’s Four Centuries Project
- Calvert County
Launching Educational Assistance Program Forward (LEAP) Forward
- Carroll County
Historical Society of Carroll County Maryland
- Charles County
African American Heritage Society of Charles County
Farm Heritage Conservancy
Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park
- Dorchester County
Dorchester County Historical Society
Groove City Black Heritage & Culture Group
- Frederick County
African-American Resources Cultural Heritage Society
Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
Global Z Recording Project
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
- Garrett County
Garrett Lakes Arts Festival
- Harford County
Hosanna Community House
- Howard County
Howard County Historical Society
- Kent County
G.A.R. Post #25 (Sumner Hall)
Minary’s Dream Alliance
- Montgomery County
Bethesda Historical Society
The Civic Circle
Docs in Progress
- Prince George's County
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
National Museum of Language
- Queen Anne's County
Kennard Alumni Association
- St. Mary's County
Friends of the St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums
- Talbot County
The Waters Edge Museum
- Washington County
Camp Ritchie Museum
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum
- Wicomico County
- Worcester County
Beach to Bay Heritage Area
Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum