The Missouri Humanities Council is a 501 ( c )(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Missouri, and through corporate and foundation grants and individual donations. Our goals are to help Missourians have opportunities to interact with humanities scholars and experts, to experience the connection between the open exchange and exploration of ideas and active participation in community life, and to expand understanding of ourselves and the world beyond our boundaries.

As a key element in our efforts to achieve these goals, MHC awards grants to support locally-generated programs and projects that are based in the humanities (subjects such as history, archaeology, anthropology, literature, religion, law, philosophy and languages). Grant requests are evaluated by the MHC board members in open competition, with multiple submission and review dates each year.

Applying for a Grant

If you would like to apply on behalf of your organization or a partnership of eligible organizations, please see:
MHC Grant Guidelines
MHC Grant Application

Types of Grants

Two types of grants are available from MHC:
•mini grants ($2,500 or less)
•major grants (over $2,500)


MHC will only accept grant requests from Missouri-based non-profit organizations–or civic, educational or cultural organizations operating as non-profits—in support of projects and programs which serve Missouri audiences and communities. Individuals and for-profit entities are not eligible.  Applicants may receive up to two consecutive grants. Those who receive two consecutive awarded grants will be
required to take a year off before re-applying to MHC.

When to Apply

Mini-grant applications ($2,500 or less) are reviewed four times in the year.  The months are January, April, July, and October.  Applications are due on the first work day of the month. Notification of results will be given by the end of that same month.

Major grants are reviewed two times per year.  Applications for grants over $2,500 must be received by March 1st (notification by March 31st ),  and September 1st (notification by September 30th ).

Need Help?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). We also encourage you to contact the MHC staff at 314-781-9660 for assistance. We are happy to help you during the process of developing and refining program and project ideas. We will also review draft applications (sent at least 30 days before the submission deadline you are hoping to meet). We will offer suggestions and make every effort to assist you in generating a potentially successful grant request.

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