Maryland Humanities is accepting applications for up to $3,000 to support public programming that promotes community discussion and deep dialogue that focuses on race relations. Interested parties are required to contact Maryland Humanities to discuss the proposed project before submitting an application.
Application Opens: October 24, 2016
Application Deadline: November 21, 2016
Notification Date: December 5, 2016
Grant Period: January 1 – August 31, 2017
- GoalsThis grant program seeks to:
- Support non-profit organizations to create public programs that use the humanities (especially history, literature, the law, ethics, and philosophy) to bring people together to publicly discuss racial issues that divide communities.
- Support humanities programs that educate all ages about the history of structural racism throughout the state and the historic policies that frame the current conditions.
- Support humanities programs that provide an examination of the relationships between communities and law enforcement authorities and an opportunity for community members to share their experience with law enforcement and representatives from the criminal justice system.
- Measurable and concrete results: Maryland Humanities will work closely with grantees to help identify the results they are planning for and help craft a plan to measure them.
- Continuity across programs: We plan to gather the grantees to learn and hear from one another in an effort to build programs that will connect to produce lasting impact.
- Grantees use the humanities to build on existing work or do new work.
- Project requirementsAll projects must:
- Be rooted in one or more disciplines of the humanities (e.g. history, literature, the law, ethics, and philosophy);
- Engage communities impacted by structural racism statewide;
- Integrate the work and participation of humanities scholars or experts;
- Be free and open to the public;
- Occur between January 1 and August 31, 2017.
- EligibilityNonprofit organizations, community associations, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for funding.
You are eligible to apply for a grant if:
- The sponsoring applicant is a non-profit organization; individuals are not eligible to apply for grants;
- Your organization serves Maryland residents;
- The humanities are a central component of your project.
- GuidelinesFunded programs will ideally gather residents of Maryland to connect with one another across lines of race, socio-economic background, and/or geographical boundaries for deep dialogue and reflection on the role and legacy of race and ethnicity in our contemporary lives. Programs will use the humanities as a lens through which to view the topics of race and class and encourage difficult discussions around inequity in housing, education, economic opportunities, and other subjects.
Projects may include lectures and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, interpretive exhibits, media projects, oral history projects, local and living histories, and other formats that engage residents of Maryland in the humanities. The grant fund will not support book publishing, scholarly research projects, activities in the visual or performing arts, general operating expenses, the purchase of alcohol, direct social action or political advocacy, and fundraising or profit-making activities.
The Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States initiative has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.