Racial Equity Grants

The Mississippi Humanities Council is pleased to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on a humanities-based racial equity grant program. We are accepting grant applications for projects that examine the state’s racial history and foster discussion about continuing racial disparities in Mississippi. These grants of up to $7,500 are intended support grassroots projects throughout the state.

Our racial equity grant program follows the same guidelines and uses the same forms as our general grants program.

Regular grant ($2,001-$7,500) deadlines are May 1 and September 15. Minigrants (up to $2,000) have no deadlines, though applications must be received at least eight weeks before the program or proposed grant period begins.

For more information about the Racial Equity Grants, contact Tim Lampkin at tlampkin@mhc.state.ms.us.

Racial Equity Funded Projects: (info to come in January)

Grants Awarded

  • $5,000

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance

    Yazoo Revisited: Integration and Segregation in a Deep Southern Town

    To help cover archival footage rights costs associated with documentary about school integration in Yazoo City. The film will be broadcast over Mississippi Public Television in April, 2017.

  • $5,000

    Activists With a Purpose

    Summer Extended: The Movement is the People–50 Years Ago Today—

    Grenada 1966 Freedom Movement

  • $5,000

    Rust College

    Claiming Histories: Engaging the Past through Memorialization of Slave Past

    To support public programming about the history of slavery in northern Mississippi, a community discussion about the legacy and public memory of slavery, and a libation ceremony.

  • $2,000

    Mississippi Center for Justice

    The Roots of Sunflower County Strategic Planning Project

  • $2,000

    Knights & Daughters of Tabor

    Living in the City that I.T. Montgomery Built

  • $2,000

    Teaching for Change

    Racial Equity Partnership: MS Civil Rights Teachers and Training Institute

  • $5,000

    Millsaps College

    “This is how you are a citizen”: Humanities and Civic Life in Mississippi

    A three-day program addressing race relations and social justice, designed around a visit by acclaimed poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, author of the book-length poem, Citizen: An American Lyric. Programming is included both for campus and community audiences.

  • $2,000

    Mississippi Center for Justice

    The R.O.O.T.S. of Sunflower County: Reclaiming Our Origins through Story

    Funds to engage an oral historian and documentary filmmaker who will train Mississippi Center for Justice staff and twenty selected young black men from Sunflower County in storytelling, public speaking and oral history methodologies, who will then use these skills to share an affirmative narrative about youths in the Mississippi Delta.

  • $5000

    Delta State University

    Winning the Race Conference 2017

    Support for annual campus-based conference addressing race and race relations. The 2017 agenda will focus on educational outcomes for children.

  • $5,871

    Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc.

    Behind the Big House Program & Tour

    Support for annual tour and public programs examining the history of slaves and their dwellings in Holly Springs.

  • $5,000

    Harrisburg Cultural and Social Services Center

    The Open D.O.O.R.S. Project

    Support for a race dialogue project in the Tupelo community, featuring civic and business leaders, civil rights activists, educators, law enforcement personnel and artists, as well as humanities scholars, engaging with public audiences to address race relations and racial equality.

  • $7,500

    Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden & Museum

    Fannie Lou Hamer Exhibit

    Support requested to create an exhibit portraying the life and work of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer at the Fannie Lou Hamer Museum in Hamer’s hometown, Ruleville, MS.

  • $1,890

    Sunflower County Freedom Project

    2017 Sunflower County Freedom Project’s Civil Rights Drama Program