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Humanities in Place Grant

Mellon Foundation

Funding Amount

$150,000 maximum

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Rolling LOI Submissions


Three interconnected strategies guide Mellon’s Humanities in Place grantmaking:
1. Keep and Shape Our Places: Resource projects, initiatives, and infrastructure to better identify, document, create, and care for our places; and support innovative ideas and actions that design a more just present and future landscape—in community with one another and in society
2. Evolve our Institutions: Catalyze initiatives and programs that support the evolution and sustainability of institutions (e.g., civic, cultural, educational, or community) focused on advancing social justice through place-based approaches
3. Promote Great Engagement and Understanding: Support projects and programs with a place-based focus that promote greater access, interaction, and exchange of stories and experiences toward a fuller appreciation and understanding of a wider variety of our histories, narratives, and expression

Who Can Apply

While Mellon does not accept unsolicited proposals, we welcome inquiries from organizations whose work aligns with our current strategies—please visit our Inquiries page for more information. Additionally, we occasionally issue open calls for proposals. Please sign up for our emails to be notified when one of our programs issues an open call. Mellon makes most of its grants to and through organizations in the United States that have been determined by the IRS to be section 501(c)(3) charities, as well as organizations outside the United States that are equivalent to US public charities (see Grantmaking Policies for more details)

Additional Eligibility Requirements

How to apply

Makes grants to institutions and organizations. Mellon does not make grants directly to individuals, although we do support regranting programs that benefit individuals. We also welcome inquiries from organizations whose work aligns with our current strategies. We review inquiries, which can be submitted via our Grants Portal, on a rolling basis.

Please do not send inquiries about possibilities for support to more than one Mellon grantmaking area. If you already have an account on Fluxx, please contact program staff directly.

Proposal Guidelines:

To apply:



Additional Information

For additional information and/or questions, contact the organization at General inquiries

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