Funding Opportunities for Community-Based Programs

Grant and Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Community-Based Programs

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) enjoys the incredible privilege of being entrusted with funds to keep the humanities strong and vital in the state of Minnesota. We take this responsibility very seriously and relish in the opportunity to work with our fellow humans to grow, deepen, and build upon the rich cultural heritage and shared humanity of our great state.

MHC administers grants to communities, organizations, and individuals across Minnesota in three ways:

  • Legislatively Named (Legacy Amendment and General Operating Funds)
  • Through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • MHC-designed opportunities via Legacy Amendment Funds and/or NEH funds

Like the good humanists we are, we approach this work with a healthy sense of intentionality and a generous dose of philosophy.

MHC’s grantmaking philosophy statement:

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.

Just like all of our work at MHC, our grants are beholden to our operating principles:
Minnesota Humanities Center Core Values
Some things to know about MHC as a grantmaker:

  • 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.

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(s) for Micro-grant Applications: 11:59 p.m. Nov. 1, and 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(s) for Micro-grant Applications: 11:59 p.m. Nov. 1, and 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(s) for Micro-grant Applications: 11:59 p.m. Nov. 1, and 11:59 p.m. Dec. 4, 2019

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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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