Visit Mississippi Partners with Mississippi Humanities Council on Bicentennial Year Grants Program

Jackson, Mississippi — November 4, 2016 — In conjunction with Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Humanities Council is partnering with Mississippi Development Authority’s Visit Mississippi to oversee the Bicentennial Year Grants Program. The initiative will award up to $10,000 to individual public programs celebrating the state’s historic year. The fund is composed of $500,000, with $50,000 allocated towards administrative and advertising costs.

“Mississippi’s bicentennial is an unprecedented opportunity to engage locals and visitors alike and to share the Mississippi story,” said Governor Bryant. “This grant program will provide resources to bolster our celebration and exploration of Mississippi’s 200 years of statehood.” 

The goal of this grant program is to inspire and empower local organizations throughout Mississippi to develop public programs documenting, interpreting and exploring community culture. Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis, with grant deadlines falling on the first of each month, beginning December 1, 2016, and continuing through November 1, 2017, or until all grant funds are expended.

“The Mississippi Humanities Council is delighted to play a role in supporting and implementing programs and activities exploring the people, places and events which have shaped our state over the past two centuries, inspiring new generations who will lead us forward into our next century,” said Dr. Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council.

To be in consideration for the grant, all programs must relate to some aspect of Mississippi history, contemporary culture and the celebration of the state’s bicentennial. Categories include, but are not limited to, People and Story, History and Culture, Music and Food, Industry and Entrepreneurship and Outdoors and Recreation.

“The bicentennial is a once in a lifetime opportunity to welcome people from around the globe to enjoy our unique Mississippi experience,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “Exceptional projects are already taking shape as we look ahead to 2017.”

For more information, including grant guidelines and how to apply, please visit

The Bicentennial Year Grant Program is made possible through the Mississippi Legislature in partnership with the Mississippi Development Authority/Visit Mississippi.

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