Discussion Grants support projects that include face-to-face facilitated discussion. Currently, Mass Humanities has six discussion grant options, with maximum awards ranging from $2,000 to $3,500.
- Open Discussion Grants – allow for the creation of content and discussion projects that respond to almost any kind of text
- Reading & Discussion Grants – fund reading and discussion series that generally consist of between four and six sessions, each focused on a book or other written text that participants read in advance
- Common Good Reads Grants – fund reading and discussion series that respond to Mass Humanities’ thematic initiative Negotiating the Social Contract and make use of Pulitzer Prize-winning literature and journalism
- Literature & Medicine Grants – fund projects that use literature, journalism, or other sources of humanities content such as film or theater to stimulate discussions on various health issues
- Family Adventures in Reading Grants – fund FAIR session series, which brings children ages 6–10 and adults together to enjoy outstanding and thought-provoking picture books
- Civil Rights Discussion Grants – fund shared readings of a short text (a speech, petition, letter, poem, or excerpt) by an American civil rights leader, such as Martin Luther King or Ida B. Wells
Discussion grants are awarded three times a year, with application due dates on Oct. 16, Apr. 23, and July 9.
Recently funded projects include:
- “Ta Voix Poete (Your Voice Poet) by Jean Dany Joachim,” Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc.
- “Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower,” New Lynn Coalition
- “Family Adventures in Reading,” Sharon Public Library
- See more here