Connecting Maine communities through

Books, Poetry, & Big Ideas

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Funding for projects that

Engage Maine Communities

Mini Grants

Supporting community discussions

Grounded in Compelling Texts

Discussion Project

Connecting the people of Maine with

Extraordinary Speakers

Maine Speaks

Sharing poems

To Explore What’s Important

Poetry Express

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.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Mar 17, 2023
Join us for a community reception at Lewiston Public Library
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Mar 13, 2023
Announcing the Featured Books for Summer 2023!Recommending Author Colin Woodard…
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Nov 22, 2022
Over $4,000 supporting FIve projects across maineMechanics’ HallParticipatory Arts at…
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Sep 14, 2022
Over $14,000 supporting eight projects across maineMaine Multicultural CenterBangor$1,000Saco School…
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Your gift will increase connections, agency, and engagement throughout Maine and help provide the facilitators, speakers, and books needed to create all of our programming.