Announcing Major Grant awards this fall

We’re pleased to award $29,420 in Major Grants to three great projects that include capturing Wisconsin music history to exploring the issues of sexual assault in a Native American community through a Wisconsin Reads project to finding common ground among persons of different faith traditions.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council couldn’t fund these projects without support from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The NEH provides 90% of the funding that enables us to bring great programming, support and services to the state of Wisconsin. Project sponsors match grants in their community with an average of $3 for every $1 we award.

Congratulations to these three organizations! These projects tell meaningful stories about Wisconsin and bring communities together to explore important themes. We welcome you to be a part of the story and see these projects and events.

Inspiration starts here!

The Sounds of Eau Claire History Harvest | $9960 to University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

This project will document and share the roots and cultural dimensions of a recent musical renaissance in Eau Claire, as the community has reinvented itself as a “Music City” built on indie rock, festivals, and UW Eau Claire’s nationally-acclaimed jazz program. Through an open call “history harvest,” community members will contribute personal and family stories, artifacts, and documents for preservation. This will help build and document the community’s history of music, which will be interpreted and made available to the public through presentations, musical performances, podcasts, a digital collection, and digital exhibits.


Wisconsin Reads The Round House | $9999 to UW-Colleges in Rice Lake

This project will explore cultural differences and divisions in Wisconsin communities through the lens of Louise Erdrich’s book The Round House. The story explores the story of a 13 year old Ojibwe boy who witnesses his mother’s sexual assault. It opens a discussion of the impacts of sexual assault on a Native American family and community that will include book and film discussions, literary readings, exhibits, writing, storytelling, and indigenous cooking demonstrations among other activities. Activities will occur in communities that are home to UW-Colleges, including Rice Lake, Baraboo, Hayward, Marshfield, Waukesha and Milwaukee. WHC funds will help pay the travel and honoraria for discussants, including Erdrich.


Circles of Faith Discussion Series | $9,461 to Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service in Wausau

This WIPPS project involves facilitated “story circle” discussions on key themes to highlight the common ground among people regardless of religion or denomination. The project hopes that by encouraging people of different faith back grounds to participate in discussion around themes, and to tell stories in safe spaces, these spaces for civil discourse could help those of opposing backgrounds come to understand one another. The project intentionally is reaching out to multiple faith traditions as well as those with no religious affiliation, in addition to drawing in more than 50 clergy from multiple faith traditions in the area.


We have seven grant rounds every year and award nearly $200,000 in grants to organizations annually. You can find a description of projects funded here, and information about our grant program here.



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