Funding Priorities

We welcome proposals for projects that address the following funding priorities.

This is not to the exclusion of other ideas. We simply want to encourage, or draw out, projects that use the humanities to address, explore and highlight particular topics. 

Applicants should use the regular WHC grant application forms and follow the application deadlines and guidance for our regular Major Grant and Mini Grant cycles. If you have questions about this special funding initiative, or would like to discuss your project ideas before submitting a grant application, please contact Meg Turville-Heitz at 608-265-5595 or via email.

Pleasant Ridge Schoolhouse

The schoolhouse of District #5 in Pleasant Ridge was built on land donated by Isaac Shepard. Both blacks and whites built, attended, and taught at the school. People pictured include: F.J. Webb (teacher), Rina Gadlin, Bessie Hoffman, Nettie Gadlin, Cora Sheppard, Jennie Hoffman, May Hoffman, Emma Green, Oscar Gimes, and Lester Green. Today a historical marker stands where Pleasant Ridge, a community of African American farmers, once was. Read more on the Wisconsin Historical Society website. Image circa 1890 used with permission.

Using Humanities to Focus on 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.




Does your project idea have a work-related component? 

As part of our Working Lives Project, we are seeking applications for public humanities projects that explore the past, present, and future of work. Working Lives grant proposals should follow the regular grant application process. Want to learn more? Visit the Working Lives Project website and consider this opportunity for funding!