Upcoming Grants: Apply Now

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Supporting projects that encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and others, foster wisdom in an age of information, and provide context in a time of change.

Major Grants: $1,001 to $7,500

Final applications are due January 30, 2019.

Support for a variety of larger humanities projects such as exhibits, conferences, films, and other initiatives.

Major grant projects have well-developed thematic content, broad public outreach, and strong scholar participation. The maximum allowed award of $7,500 is available only for exemplary projects under extraordinary circumstances.

  • Download the application and Excel budget form. Finished application and budget should be emailed to grants@mainehumanities.org.
    • Major grant applicants may submit a draft application if they wish. it is not required and is not used as a screening process. Our committee will review it and, if appropriate, offer suggestions for improvement. Send draft application to grants@mainehumanities.org by the draft deadline.
  • Projects must begin no sooner than 8 weeks after the deadline.
  • Review: Applications reviewed by committee of MHC board members.
  • Notification: Within 6 weeks of final submission.

Mini Grants: up to $1,000

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • March 1, 2019 | June 7, 2019 | October 4, 2019

Support for a wide variety of public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, cultural celebrations, etc.

  • Download the application and Excel budget form. Finished application and budget form should be emailed to grants@mainehumanities.org.
  • Project must begin no sooner than 8 weeks after the deadline.
  • Review: Applications reviewed by MHC Grants Committee.
  • Notification: Within 6 weeks of submission.

Arts & Humanities Grants: up to $1,000

Upcoming Deadlines: 

  • March 14, 2019 | October 17, 2019

Arts & Humanities grants, a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission, support innovative community projects that have BOTH arts and humanities components.

  • Application: Download the Guidelines and Instructions, the application, and the Excel budget form.
  • Applicants must speak with Jerome Bennett from the MHC (207-773-5051) and Kerstin Gilg from the MAC (207-287-7719)—to make sure their project fits the guidelines.
  • Projects must begin no sooner than 8 weeks after these deadlines.
  • Review: Applications reviewed by committee from MHC and MAC.
  • Notification: Within 6 weeks after the deadline.

We are happy to provide advice and suggestions that may strengthen your application.

Office hours for grant queries (207-773-5051):

  • Mondays: 12 – 5

  • Thursdays: 12 – 5

  • Fridays: 9 – 5