Grants for Humanities Programs

Wisconsin Humanities awards grants to support locally-initiated public humanities programs.

Grants for humanities programs are awarded to encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, spark imagination, and promote thoughtful conversation across the state. We especially encourage you to apply with ideas for programs that engage underserved communities.

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Types of Grants

We offer two types of grant opportunities throughout the year:


Mini Grants (up to $2,000) are awarded four times per year. Award decisions are made by the end of the month.


Major Grants ($2,001 - $10,000) are awarded three times per year. Award decisions are made about two months after the deadline.

Grant Application Deadlines

Applicants can begin the online application process after the previous grant round closes.


February 1
May 1
August 1
November 1


April 15 (June)
August 15 (October)
December 15 (February)

What is a humanities program?

Humanities programs should be reflective experiences that engage the public. Programs can take many forms including exhibitions, performances, community discussions, guest speakers, workshops, oral history projects, panels, town halls, films, and more. Creativity is encouraged!

To be eligible for funding, the humanities must be central to your proposal. “The humanities” include archaeology, art history, cultural anthropology, ethics, ethnic studies, folklore, gender studies, history, jurisprudence, languages, law, linguistics, philosophy, and religious studies. Social sciences, such as political science and sociology, are also often part of the humanities. We offer further explanation, including some distinctions between the arts and the humanities, here. If you aren’t sure whether your project is a humanities program, contact us. We’d love to hear your ideas.


Recently Funded Programs

Every year we give away
in grants to support humanities projects
designed by communities