Over $100,000 goes to support humanities projects in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Humanities Council administers the only grant program in the state devoted to the public humanities. 

This fall our grant awards total more than $100,000. That is money going to school groups, museums, historical societies, colleges, civic and cultural organizations around the state. As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are very proud of the impact our grants have had on our state. We believe that locally-designed, community-based projects represent the power and potential of the humanities. In other words, when people come up with good ideas, and invite others to gather to explore those ideas more deeply, communities grow stronger.

The word humanities refers to human endeavors to think about, talk about, and celebrate our human experiences. When these conversations and celebrations happen in public, they demonstrate our shared human curiosity about things like heritage, traditions, history, civic and cultural life.

Yes, it’s a big definition! That is exactly why the projects that we fund with WHC grants are so incredibly diverse!

The programs and events we have funded offer opportunities to explore everything from religious questions to literacy, immigration issues to environmental concerns, archaeology to local history. They include cemetery tours and book festivals, youth mentoring and oral history collection, community discussions and exhibits.

Congratulations to the following 16 organizations recently awarded Major Grants and Mini Grants in Brown, Chippewa, Dane, Door, Eau Claire, Marathon, Marinette, Milwaukee, Oconto and Waukesha Counties:

  • $1,095 to Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council (Coleman)
  • $2,000 to Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (Wausau)
  • $2,000 to University of Wisconsin-Waukesha (Waukesha)
  • $2,000 to Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation (Madison)
  • $2,000 to Black Earth Institute (Black Earth)
  • $2,000 to Crossroads at Big Creek (Sturgeon Bay)
  • $5,155 to Waldemar Ager Association (Eau Claire)
  • $6,450 to First Stage (Milwaukee)
  • $7,500 to Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters (Madison)
  • $9,900 to St. Norbert College (De Pere)
  • $10,000 to Community Support Network (Madison)
  • $10,000 to Jewish Museum Milwaukee (Milwaukee)
  • $10,000 to Milwaukee Board of School Directors (Milwaukee Public Schools) (Milwaukee)
  • $10,000 to Milwaukee Film (Milwaukee)
  • $10,000 to LOTUS Legal Clinic (Milwaukee)
  • $10,000 to Friends of the Monona Public Library (Monona)

These grants total $100,999! 

The Wisconsin Humanities Council couldn’t fund these projects without support from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the State of Wisconsin, and private donors. This money invested in our state multiplies locally! Grants are typically matched 3:1. 

To learn more about these projects, as proposed and funded by the WHC, check out our list of Recently Funded Projects. This diverse list will give you a great sense of the breadth of the humanities projects happening in communities all over Wisconsin. Most of these projects have public events, so be sure to follow us on Facebook to learn about events in your area!

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