Checklist for Applying

We understand that applying for a grant can be intimidating. Getting started early is the best approach to prepare for a smooth application process. Follow our checklist below to help overcome what can often feel like a daunting task. We encourage you to discuss your grant proposal with us. We are also available for a one-time review of your draft application. Contact us for details!

Applicants may only apply for one project per grant round.

  • Gather Vital Information
  • Prepare Answers to Questions

    Preview the questions on the blank application samples provided.

    Letter of Intent

    Major Grant application

    Mini Grant Application

    Prepare narratives, such as the project overview, goals, and humanities content description. Aim for clarity and be specific. You may copy and paste your answers into the application fields when you are ready.

    Remember: the system won’t let you SUBMIT if a field is empty or if a section is over the character limit. (The character limit includes spaces!)

  • Prepare Documents to Upload

    Complete the Maryland Humanities Budget Form – Please review your budget to make sure your totals are correct and that you are requesting funds for allowable expenses. Refer to the instructions for a list of allowable expenses.

    Download the Budget Form

    Budget Instructions

    For Major Grant Applications, complete the Events Log – Be sure to include as much information as possible about scheduled grant-funded programs and activities.

    Download the Event Log

    Prepare your Attachments:

    • Letters of Support or Commitment from partners or collaborators
    • Resumes/CVs for participating scholars (Five pages or less per CV, is preferred)
    • Additional Supporting Documents, no more than 10 pages total (Supporting documents may include resumes of other program participants, letters of commitment from programming partners or participants, publicity materials, etc.)

  • Log On to the Online Grants Portal

  • Contact us for Additional Help

    For questions about humanities programming or content: Marilyn Hatza, Program Officer for Grants. For questions about grant requirements or assistance with the application process: Adrienne Cassara, Grants Program Associate.

  • “This Maryland Humanities grant is absolutely vital to the mission of our non-profit organization devoted to archaeological research and public education. Simply put, we could not have carried out our ambitious exhibit projects without this much-appreciated support. Maryland Humanities has enabled us to share meaningful stories and engage audiences in innovative and creative ways. The platform they have provided strengthens our organization and the community we serve. Thank you!”

    Lost Towns Project, Inc., Major Grant recipient, Anne Arundel County
  • “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 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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
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