Alabama Public Humanities Grants

We award Alabama Public Humanities Grants on an ongoing basis. These grants support public humanities programs in communities statewide, helping to promote the appreciation and understanding of history, literature, civics, culture, and more.

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Who/what we fund

AHA awards Alabama Public Humanities Grants to Alabama-based nonprofit organizations, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, state and local government agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Read our Grants Flyer and Calendar of Deadlines.

Applicants are encouraged to develop imaginative proposals for a variety of audiences. The three essential components of successful grant proposals are active public participation, strong humanities content, and direct involvement of humanities scholars.

Projects examples include:
–Lectures and panels discussions
–Festivals and conferences
–Book or reading discussions
–Teacher workshops
–Oral history projects
–Documentary films or series
–Podcasts, apps, or other digital media

For complete eligibility and project requirements, visit our Guidelines for Alabama Public Humanities Grants.

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Grant categories and deadlines
MINI GRANT (up to $2,500)

Designed for flexibility, Mini Grants feature a simplified and quicker application process to support a broad range of projects. Mini Grants do not require cost share matches. Project activities cannot begin until at least 45 days after the application deadline.

First of each month.


MAJOR GRANT (up to $10,000)

Major grants are offered three times a year, and support a broad range of projects. Major grants require a 1:1 cost share match, including cash and in-kind contributions. Project activities cannot begin until at least 60 days after the application deadline.


March 15: Major Grants spring application deadline

July 15: Major Grants summer application deadline

November 15: Major Grants fall application deadline


MEDIA GRANT (up to $15,000)

Media Grants provide support for documentary films, television and radio programs, and digital or web-based projects. Media grants require a 2:1 cost share match, including cash and in-kind contributions. Project activities cannot begin until at least 90 days after the application deadline.


June 15: Media Grants annual application deadline

Grant Guidelines

AHA Grantees

Grant application process

AHA encourages all applicants — and particularly first-time applicants — to contact AHA’s grants director to discuss project ideas and verify eligibility before beginning the application process. Contact Graydon Rust at [email protected] or schedule a call.


Preliminary applications

To strengthen your proposal, we encourage you to submit a preliminary application for feedback. 

If you choose to submit a preliminary application, please include a draft narrative and budget. Preliminary applications are due one month before final deadlines.


How to apply

AHA’s application process is entirely digital. To apply for a grant, you must first create an account through AHA’s Online Grant Management System.

For application and project requirements, view our Alabama Public Humanities Grants Guidelines. 


2023 AHA Grantees: January-June

Through the first half of 2023, the Alabama Humanities Alliance has awarded 29 grants, contributing $206,996 in funding to humanities-rich public projects across the state.

Learn more

For more information, contact AHA Grants Director Graydon Rust at [email protected] or 205.558.3997.