Funding Priorities

We fund humanities-rich activities and conversations that address what matters to your community.

Topics from A to Z qualify. What makes a project right for WHC funding is the approach: Are you exploring the topic from different perspectives, opening up conversation, curious about the nuances, and encouraging new ways of understanding the topic? If you are unsure what “the humanites” are, check out our definition .


We always encourage you to be in touch! Grant Program Director Meg Turville-Heitz is here to help at 608-265-5595 or via email.

Does your project explore topics of race and ethnicity in Wisconsin?

Recent events have raised a national call for a more consequential public discussion of the persistent social, economic, cultural, and racial issues that divide our communities. As part of that conversation, the Wisconsin Humanities Council has a special interest in funding projects that engage in, or foster, meaningful community conversations about issues of race and ethnicity.

Projects may articulate our shared and conflicting values and beliefs about race and ethnicity, use stories to help us connect or deepen our understanding, or draw on the history that shapes racial and ethnic identities and the life experiences of residents of the United States.

Projects should use humanities expertise to support community dialogue, which may not advocate for particular political positions, but may speak directly to current concerns, such as police-community relations.

Thanks to the generous support of the Mary H. Rice Foundation, we encourage applications for projects focused on race and ethnicity that serve people in Northern Wisconsin.


Organizations all over the state are encouraged to apply. Please use regular grant deadlines and forms.