Mass Humanities offers Local History Grants to support smaller historical organizations who are working with their collections. These grants are available in two different forms: the Research Inventory Grant, which provides funding up to $2,000, and the Scholar in Residence Grant, which provides funding up to $3,500.
The Research Inventory Grant (RIG) funds inventorying projects designed to support future programming, including but not limited to cataloguing of manuscripts, published records, photographs, artifacts, or other materials in the organization’s collections or mission area. General inventories and inventories prepared for national register or historic district nominations will not be considered. Institutions that successfully complete an inventory project are encouraged to apply for the Scholar in Residence program.
The Scholar in Residence (SIR) grant funds research that advances the interpretation and presentation of history by Massachusetts history organizations, based on research in the organization’s collections or mission purview. The program has a dual purpose: to provide organizations with expertise not usually available to them and to encourage scholars to use the rich resources of the state’s history museums and historical societies. Priority is given to small organizations.
Local History Grants are awarded three times a year, with application due dates on Oct. 16, Apr. 23, and Jul. 9.
Recently funded projects include:
- “Inside the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop: Precision Manufacturing on Hatfield’s Mill River,” Hatfield Historical Society
- “Institutes, Outing Clubs & Working Class Perspectives on Stonehurst,” Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
- “Preserving and Digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Book Collection,” The History Project
- See more here