Grant and Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunities for Community-Based Programs
The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) supports the exemplary humanities work of individuals, nonprofits, schools, and collectives across the state through its competitive grants. Additionally, MHC administers grant funds appropriated by the State of Minnesota for legislatively named and competitive grants. We are a statewide organization and our grants are available to anyone in the state who meets the established criteria.
MHC’s Grantmaking Philosophy
As a granting organization, MHC operates with transparency. We say what we mean, we do what we say, we make sure there is not any hidden or secret knowledge, and we use clear, plain language. In our grants, MHC also integrates equity, inclusion, and diversity into our work. We prioritize organizations whose leadership reflects the communities they serve. We are always educating ourselves and seeking new ways to reduce barriers and de-center dominant culture in the funding process. Additionally, MHC always works to build and deepen relationships, even through our grantmaking. Although there are transactional elements to grantmaking, we believe it can be so much more rich and rewarding if MHC and grantees work together to further our goals and support each other beyond just the grant project.
- We too apply for grants! So we like to think we understand what it is like to be on the other side and are kind and empathetic in our granting work. That does not mean we always get it right—we want you to tell us when we do not. Please tell us how we can improve.
- We are a re-granter, which means most of the time we are passing on funds that we do not have 100% control over, including what expenses are allowable or ineligible, the granting timeframe, and more. But we promise to do our best to be clear about where we can be flexible, and where the hard lines are.
- We are a statewide organization and our grants are available to anyone in the state who meets the established criteria.
- We love co-creating. We look for ways to participate in the process of criteria development and outreach for our grants. We build and, if needed, dismantle systems to work for you—not the other way around.
Open Grant Lines
Humanities Innovation Lab
Overview: The Humanities Innovation Lab supports organizations and individuals who want to test new humanities-based ideas and methods.
Award amount range: $250-$2,000
- Individuals and/or teams of no more than three individuals
- Minnesota-based organizations
- 501(c)(3) nonprofits or nonprofits working with a MN-based 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor)
- Tribal Nations
- State/municipal public agencies
Proposals due: 11:59 p.m. March 26, 2021
“Why Treaties Matter” host community application
“Why Treaties Matter” communicates, in a meaningful and truthful way, the history of sovereignty and treaties between nations in Minnesota territory (later, the state of Minnesota) through a traveling exhibit and community engagement program. The “Why Treaties Matter” partners seek applications from potential host communities.
Proposals due: We have no deadline for submissions. Host communities must submit at least six weeks prior to intended hosting dates.
Closed Grant and Funding Opportunities
Absent Narratives Implementation Fund
The Absent Narratives Implementation Fund supports individuals or teams of educators who have participated in the Educator Institute or Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives workshop to use the humanities to increase student engagement in their sphere of influence. This fund supports humanities-based activities that will connect students to absent narratives in or outside of the classroom.
Children’s Museum Grants
The Minnesota Humanities Center awarded $1.2 million in new competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to children’s museums through the 2019-2021 legislative biennium.
Community Partner Fund
This two-year funding opportunity fosters collaboration between two or more neighborhood or community organizations to address community-identified goals and opportunities.
Cultural Identity Grants
Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will award competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to American Indian and immigrant individuals and nonprofit organizations in the 2019-2021 legislative biennium. Funds are being distributed in four rounds of competitive grants. Two rounds of microgrants have been awarded.
Hmong Cultural Heritage Grants
Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will award competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to Hmong nonprofit organizations in the first year of the 2019-2021 legislative biennium, through June 2020. Funds are being distributed in three rounds of competitive grants. Two rounds of microgrants have been awarded.
Humanities Innovation Lab
The Humanities Innovation Lab supports individuals or organizations who use humanities practices and subject matters to make small steps toward a big idea. The Lab supports experimenting, playing, learning, and growing as the essential spark for humanities ideas with public impact.
Somali Cultural Heritage Grants
Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will award competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to Somali nonprofit organizations in the first year of the 2019-2021 legislative biennium, through June 2020. Funds are being distributed in three rounds of competitive grants. Two rounds of microgrants have been awarded.