Michigan Humanities Council announces 2014 Major Grant Recipients

The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce $271,325 in grants to 27 Michigan organizations in support of public humanities programming. In addition to this direct support, each agency was required to present matching cash or in-kind cost share, bringing an additional $695,774 to the table. Together, this major grant cycle will support nearly $1 million in projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity across the state.

“In a period of dwindling support for cultural programming at museums, schools, libraries and other community organizations, the Council continues its funding of humanities programs across the state,” said Erik Nordberg, executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council. “We know that these projects not only educate, inform, and enrich local audiences in these communities, but also attract visitors, support community development, and build capacity in organizations around the state.”
MHC received 48 eligible applications for review in its Spring 2014 deadline cycle. The organizations with award amounts, by county, are:

Alpena

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library – $14,952.40
Northeast Michigan Center for Fine Arts, Inc. (Art in the Loft) – $15,000

Bay 

Delta College – $3,000
Saginaw Valley State University – $13,250

Chippewa 

Lake Superior State University – $2,800

Delta 

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center – $15,000

Emmet  

Contemporary Learning Systems, Inc. – $7,500

Grand Traverse 

Grand Traverse Bay Alliance, operating as Discovery Center – Great Lakes – $9,350

Ingham 

Library of Michigan – $15,000 
Michigan State University – $15,000  
Michigan State University – $3,850 
Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame – $10,000 
Progressive Empowerment Education Resources Services (P.E.E.R.S.) – $5,900

Marquette 

Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center – $9,215
Marquette Regional History Center – $5,000

Midland 

Midland Center for the Arts, Inc. – $12,600

Oakland 

City of Rochester Hills, Michigan: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – $3,250 
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings – $15,000 
Detroit Educational Television Foundation – $15,000 
Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit – $15,000
Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools – $13,195

Washtenaw 

Kerrytown Bookfest – $4,925 
Performance Network of Ann Arbor – $10,250 
Ypsilanti Historical Society – $4,750 

Wayne 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – $15,000 
Detroit Historical Society – $2,538
InsideOut Literary Arts Project – $15,000
Major Grants are awarded to Michigan nonprofits in support of cultural, educational and community-based public humanities programming. These grants play a vital role in defining our culture, our state, our community and ourselves, and are intended to connect us to Michigan’s rich cultural heritage and historical resources. To learn more, visit www.michiganhumanities.org.