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About the MHC

We’re a statewide nonprofit that uses books, poetry, and big ideas to bring people together to discuss issues of importance. We’re a program partner, grant-maker, and connector of people and communities.


For all Maine people

We work with individuals and organizations across the state of Maine to connect people with books, communities with ideas, and strangers with one another.


Funding for humanities programs and projects

Our grants support projects with well-developed humanities content, strong participation from a scholar or topic expert, robust support from partners in the community, and plans to reach a broad and diverse public audience.

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Jan 29, 2024
Announcing the Featured Books for Summer 2024!Recommending Author Jaed Coffin…
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Dec 04, 2023
$5,000 supporting five projects across maineCivil Rights Club at Scarborough…
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Oct 02, 2023
2024 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities PrizeAccepting nominations October 1…
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Sep 21, 2023
Over $11,000 supporting six projects across MaineLiteracy Volunteers of KennebecIntergenerational…
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