Maryland Humanities Council

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Major Grants

Goals, Criteria and Deadlines



Successful Major Grants share the following goals:

  • 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 effectvely 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


Civic Engagement Grants
Civic Engagement Grants support public programs that promote informed dialogue and civic engagement about critical issues identified by the grant applicant. Critical issues might include race relations, population growth, immigration, environmental issues, health care, wealth and poverty, crime and safety, or other issues of importance to the applicant's community.

Projects in this category can be in a variety of formats, but must use the humanities as the central resource to inform the exchange and must involve the participants in an interactive conversation that examines important issues in the community. Discussion formats should allow meaningful, respectful dialogue between scholars and participants and among participants, especially among those who have very different points of view.

Open Grants
Open Grants support high quality public humanities programs that do not fall into the  Civic Engagement grant category, but strive to reach new audiences.  Programs in this category can take many forms including: lectures, seminars, symposia, interpretive exhibits, films, media projects, reading/discussion programs, teacher institutes, local histories and living histories, public archaeology, distance learning, or other formats that effectively engage Marylanders in the humanities.


Spring: For projects beginning on or after July 1 of each year
Letters of Inquiry Due: March 1
Grant Proposals Due: April 15
Notification: Late May

For projects beginning on or after January 1 of each year
Letters of Inquiry Due: September 1
Grant Proposals Due: October 15
Notification: Late November

*Deadlines falling on weekends or holidays will be moved to the next business day.


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