American Heritage Chocolate

Grant Application

The winners of the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant are required to attend the annual meeting of the Heritage Chocolate Society on February 27- 28, 2024, in Washington DC Metro Area to receive their award. Winners will be asked to submit a 4–5-minute video of their grant results to be presented at the Heritage Chocolate Society meeting the following year in 2025 (exact date to be determined).

Our Purpose

At Mars, we believe that chocolate has played an intrinsic role in our collective global heritage and culture. The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant was created to support institutions dedicated to revealing these stories, sharing them with the public, and preserving them for future generations. Launched in 2013, the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant, named after the company’s owner and advocate of the history of the Americas, has a special emphasis on uncovering and sharing chocolate’s role in global history as well as its influence on heritage and culture.

Grant funds will be awarded for project(s) that investigate and/or educate on the history of chocolate and/or the chocolate-making process. The scholarship process is competitive, and the awards will be made based on merit as judged by a panel of experts. The educational impact will be at the forefront of this decision process, as will attention to equity, inclusion, and diversity in the proposal.


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