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. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about funding opportunities.


Types of Grants:

Mini & Major Grants

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.


Starting with the August 15th Major Grant Deadline, the next seven grant rounds have special money available thanks to the NEH's 'A More Perfect Union' initiative!

We are looking for proposals for projects that explore the history of our nation’s quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society; broaden participation in the documentation and telling of our shared American experience; and deepen the public’s knowledge of and commitment to our nation’s principles of constitutional government and democracy. We encourage applications that tell the stories of the evolution of the American landscape, as well as America’s place in the world. Projects that strengthen Americans’ knowledge of our principles of constitutional governance and democracy are strongly encouraged, as are projects that address the experiences of Native Americans and other under-represented communities.

Funds will be available beginning with the August 15, 2021 Major Grant deadline and continuing with Mini and Major grants into Spring 2022. PLEASE NOTE: Projects must meet all of our Mini and Major Grant requirements and funds must be encumbered by September 30, 2022.

Recovery Grants

Funding for these grants was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan to help our state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus. The final deadline to apply was October 15, 2021.

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 (DECISION in June)
August 15 (DECISION in Oct.)
December 15 (DECISION in Feb.)

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
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