The Mississippi Humanities Council is committed to fostering the public’s understanding of historical, literary and philosophical perspectives on human experience. In the belief that learning about the past and interpreting the present will allow our society to provide a better future for everyone, the Council seeks to create and foster opportunities for the people of this state to understand themselves and others and to place their lives in the larger context of the human condition. A principal means of achieving this goal is awarding grants to nonprofit organizations which plan and sponsor humanities activities for the benefit of Mississippians.
The MHC grants program seek to fund projects that stimulate meaningful community dialogue, attract diverse audiences, are participatory and engaging, and apply the humanities to our everyday lives. Grants may be used to support public humanities programs, exhibits, the planning of larger projects, and the development of original productions in film, television, radio or online resources. The MHC also offers special grants to support oral history projects around the state.
We offer two different types of grants:
Minigrants (up to $2,000) have no deadlines, though applications must be received at least six weeks before the program or proposed grant period begins.
Regular grants ($2,001-$7,500.00) have deadlines on May 1 and September 15. Programs and expenditures may not occur fewer than ten weeks after the deadline date.
In 2017, the MHC is partnering with the Mississippi Development Authority on a special state bicentennial grant program, with deadlines on the first of each month throughout the year.
For grant guidelines and applications, view the Grant Information page.