With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Humanities Council established the Heritage Grants Program to support projects that explore local histories at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity in Michigan. Grants of up to $25,000 are awarded to nonprofit organizations to support exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, youth and intergenerational engagement, facilitated dialogues, cultural ceremonies, community conversations, and other activities that aim to share the history, experiences, vitality, and authentic voices of Michigan’s diverse and historically underrepresented groups. The audiences are multi-generational and involve people from diverse backgrounds. Each project is required to have a digital component, which MHC collects to share and preserve through a digital portal. By exploring history at local and state levels, projects examine connections between past inequities, present-day barriers to success, and opportunities for advancing racial equity today.
The Heritage Grants Program made its final round of awards in 2016.
This program won the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Check out their nomination here.