American Heritage Chocolate

Grant Application

Our Grant Application period for 2021 is now closed. To all of you who submitted an application this year, thank you so much. We are now beginning our review process and the winners of the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Heritage Chocolate Society, held on February 22-23, 2022 at Colonial Williamsburg , VA.  For those of you who missed the opportunity this year, we hope you will consider applying next year.

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 brought to you by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate 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. Educational impact will be at the forefront of this decision process as will attention to equity, inclusion, and diversity in the proposal.


  • You must be a not-for-profit organization or Non-profit 501(c)(3)/individual researcher/an organization not operating primarily to make a profit.
  • You must be present at the meeting of the Heritage Chocolate Society (HCS) either in-person or digitally to receive your grant.
  • Grants must be executed prior to the following HCS meeting
  • Grant winners are required to present their results, either in-person or digitally, at the following HCS meeting.
  • All publications must be approved by Mars, Incorporated prior to being produced.