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Project Grants

Our project grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including but not limited to: 

bullethumanities based civic conversations bulletoral history projects

bulletpublic lecture, conference and panel discussion

bulletwalking tours
bulletreading and discussion programs bulletaudio projects
bulletfilm and discussion programs bulletfilm pre-production and distribution
bulletmuseum exhibitions and related programming bulletWeb sites
bullettheatrical productions with post- or pre-performance
discussion
bulletcontent-based professional development
 workshops for teachers


To get a sense of some of the specific programming we have supported, we suggest a stroll through the Grants Awarded section.

Project Grant with a maximum award of $5,000:
Project Grants
The standard Project Grant award is up to $5,000, though some project grants may be as high as $10,000, as enumerated below. 

Project Grants with a maximum award of $10,000:

Crisis, Community, and Civic Culture Project Grants
Proposals for public programs that respond to our theme, by exploring the confluence of challenges that has led to today's fraying of the social contract as well as the history and promise of collective action organized in response to a variety of crises, may be eligible for a maximum award of $10,000. Projects may utilize the full range of public program formats. All other Mass Humanities' grant guidelines and restrictions apply. Applicants may find it helpful to review a brief list of funded projects that suit the theme and a list of related significant anniversaries (2011-2015). (DETAILS)

Engaging New Audiences Project Grants (ENA)
Proposals for public programs that include a detailed and realistic plan for engaging new and larger audiences with limited access to the humanities may be eligible for a maximum award of $10,000. Projects may utilize the full range of public program formats. All other Mass Humanities' grant guidelines and restrictions apply. (DETAILS)

Media Grants
Films that explore humanities themes may be eligible for an award of up to $10,000. Film and video grants at the $10,000 maximum are only available for pre-production and Social Media Outreach (DETAILS). Preference will be given to projects that address Massachusetts topics.

Essentials for Applicants

What we do not fund.

  • Mass Humanities now accepts applications online only. There are three parts to the project grant online application process. See deadlines chart for specific deadlines for each part of the application process.
    1. Submit an online Inquiry form (LOI) six weeks prior to the application deadline.
    2. If LOI is approved, submit a draft about three weeks before the final application is due.
    3. Submit full application by deadline.
  • Download and read the project grant guidelines document before submitting an online Inquiry form (LOI). Full instructions on how to apply online can be found on page 9 or here.
  • A public humanities project must be substantively rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines.
  • Humanities scholars participate in all Mass Humanities funded projects.
  • Eligible: Any non-profit organization, whether or not it has 501(c)(3) status.
  • All project grants are 1:1 matching grants.
Deadlines
Project Grants (Three Grant Rounds Per Year) 
  Inquiry Form (LOI) Deadline Draft Deadline Application Deadline Notification Type
SUSPENDED: February Round December 23, 2013
January 13, 2014
February 3, 2014
March 24, 2014
excludes film pre-production and social media outreach proposals
May Round March 21, 2014 April 11, 2014 May 1, 2014 June 23, 2014 includes film pre-production and social media outreach proposals
November Round September 22, 2014 October 10, 2014 November 3, 2014 December 15, 2014 includes film pre-production and social media outreach proposals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Guidelines/Application Related Material

The application process is all online. Most of the documents listed below are available through links in the online
application process

Guidelines pdf icon  
Application Contract Form word icon pdf icon  
Budget and Budget Explanation Template word icon  
Budget and Budget Explanation Sample word icon    
Budget Form "Cheat" Sheet   pdf icon  
Description Template word icon    
DUNS Information Sheet   pdf icon  
Guidelines for Scholar's Statement word icon    
Relevant Web Addresses for Projects, SMOG and Media Form word icon    
Events Listing Form word icon    
Oral History Guidelines   pdf icon  
Teacher Training Program Outreach   pdf icon  

Post Funding/Reporting Documents

Grantees receiving grants after August 1, 2011, are filing their reports in the online application system.
Required reports are assigned to you. Log on to complete your reports.
Grantees receiving grants prior to August 1, 2011, must submit their reports via the mail system or email.
The necessary forms you may need can be found below.

Project Director`s Evaluation Form  (all projects) word icon pdf icon  
Participating Scholar`s Evaluation Form word icon pdf icon  
Audience Evaluation Form word icon pdf icon  
Factual Report word icon pdf icon  
Interim Expenditures Report (for grants of more than $5k) word icon pdf icon pdf icon
Final Expenditures Report word icon pdf icon pdf icon
Membership List of Mass Humanities Board and Staff word icon pdf icon  
Important Payment and Reporting Information word icon    
Publicity, Event Updates, and Acknowledging Mass Humanities pdf icon  
Sample Letter to Your Legislator word icon    

Grant Publicity Requirements, click here.

 

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