Maryland Humanities Council

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MHC Grants

Engage Marylanders via MHC Grant Support

A Black Male Identity Project event (grantee: Art On Purpose)

MHC provides grants to nonprofit organizations that use the humanities (literature, philosophy, history, etc.) to engage Marylanders. Grant categories and criteria encourage free, public programming in many forms including discussions, exhibits, lectures, living history, and seminars using the humanities as the central tools to explore and understand the complexity of an issue. Grants are awarded with the understanding that participants will be given the opportunity to discuss critical issues affecting their communities. 



  • Support public programs that use the humanities as the central resource to engage diverse audiences in discussions about the critical issues in their communities
  • Promote high quality public programs that effectively engage Maryland residents
  • Support programs throughout Maryland, including projects by institutions and organizations not previously involved with MHC
  • Reach the public of Maryland, including audiences and communities (socio-economic, ethnic and geographic) that are not served by other MHC programs


 Maryland Cultural Data Project logo

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is now a partner with the Cultural Data Project (CDP).  The CDP enables participating organizations to enter their organizational and financial information into an online management tool to make it available to numerous funders, through Funder Reports, and researchers for evaluation and case-making purposes in support of arts and cultural organizations. Once organizations have entered their information in the CDP, they can create reports to analyze their financial health, include in annual reports, use in advocacy campaigns, or compare themselves to peer organizations and partners around the state.  


MHC, along with the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland State Arts Council, strongly encourages all applicants to become a part of the CDP.  Current CDP members must attach MHC's Funder Report to the online MHC grant application. All MHC Major Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a CDP profile.  


MHC Grants have two funding levels:

Major Grants:  up to $10,000

Opportunity Grants:  up to $1,200


Major Grants have two categories:

Civic Engagement Grants

Open Grants

Note:  Opportunity Grants are awarded under the Open Grants category.


Quick links:




How to Apply for a Grant

Online Application