Funding Opportunities for Community-Based Programs

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.

Children's Museums Grants

Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will award new competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to children’s museums through the 2019-2021 legislative biennium.

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Dec. 13, 2019

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Humanities Innovation Lab

The Humanities Innovation Lab supports organizations and individuals who want to test new humanities-based ideas and methods. These projects will create opportunities for all Minnesotans to think critically using the humanities in their communities, and engage Minnesotans of all ages in appreciation, expression, and connection to their history, heritage, and community.

Proposals due: 11:59 p.m. Jan. 16, 2020

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“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. The exhibit is currently available for hosting Now-Oct. 31, 2020.
 
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Hmong Cultural Heritage Grants

Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will award new competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to Hmong nonprofit organizations. Funds will be distributed in three rounds of competitive grants in the first year of the 2019-2021 legislative biennium, through June 2020. During the first two rounds, funds will be dispensed through microgrants — up to $5,000 per award.

Deadline for Micro-grant Applications: 11:59 p.m. Dec. 4, 2019

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Somali Cultural Heritage Grants

Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will award new competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to Somali nonprofit organizations. Funds will be distributed in three rounds of competitive grants in the first year of the 2019-2021 legislative biennium, through June 2020. During the first two rounds, funds will be dispensed through microgrants — up to $5,000 per award.

Deadline for Micro-grant Applications: 11:59 p.m. Dec. 4, 2019

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Cultural Identity Grants

Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will award new competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to American Indian and immigrant individuals and nonprofit organizations. Funds will be distributed in three rounds of competitive grants in the first year of the 2019-2021 legislative biennium, through June 2020. During the first two rounds, funds will be dispensed through microgrants — up to $5,000 per award.

Deadline for Micro-grant Applications: 11:59 p.m. Dec. 4, 2019

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