AHA Grants

AHA awards grants to support public humanities programming in communities across Alabama, helping promote the appreciation and understanding of history, literature, civics, and culture.

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Grant Applications Closed: December 2021


Our grant application system is closed for the rest of 2021 as we update our applications and instructions for 2022. Grantees who already submitted preliminary grant requests for Winter 2021 may still access their grants in progress. 



Who & What We Fund

AHA awards grants to nonprofit community organizations to support a wide range of public humanities projects. Applicants are encouraged to develop imaginative proposals for a variety of audiences. Projects often include lectures, workshops, exhibitions, festivals, digital media and documentary films.

The three essential components of successful grant proposals are active public participation, strong humanities content and the direct involvement of humanities scholars.

AHA only funds projects supported by an in-state entity. Out-of-state applicants must collaborate with an Alabama organization to receive funding. For eligibility and project requirements, visit the AHA Grant Guidelines.


Grant Categories

Mini Grant (up to $2,000)
Designed for flexibility, mini grants feature a simplified, quicker application and funding process to support a broad range of projects. Mini Grants require a 1:1 cost share match, including cash and in-kind contributions. Sample Application


Major Grant (up to $7,500)
Major grants represent the majority of AHA grant proposals and support a wide variety of projects. Major Grants require a 1:1 cost share match, including cash and in-kind contributions. Sample Application


Media Grant (up to $10,000)
Media grants provide support for documentary film, television and radio programs, as well as interactive web-based projects. Media Grants require 2:1 cash match of third-party, non-federal funds. Sample Application


AHA Grantees

Application Process

AHA awards all grants on a quarterly basis. Applicants are required to create an account through AHA’s Online Grant Management System and must submit a preliminary application online at least four weeks before the submission deadline. Once AHA approves the preliminary application, applicants will receive access to the final grant application.

To allow time for grant processing, project events must take place a minimum of 45 days after the submission deadline for Mini Grants and 60 days after the submission deadline for Major and Media Grants. For application and project requirements, visit the AHA Grant Guidelines.




Application deadlines

February 15: Preliminary deadline
March 15: Final deadline

May 18: Preliminary deadline
June 15: Final deadline 

August 18: Preliminary deadline
September 15: Final deadline 

November 18: Preliminary deadline
December 15: Final deadline 


Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants

In September 2021, the Alabama Humanities Alliance awarded $800,000 in one-time funding to 83 humanities-based nonprofits across the state. These grants supply much-needed support to many of Alabama’s most cherished cultural landmarks and community resources as they continue to recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants

Grantee Event Spotlight: Manitou Cave Trail of Tears Dedication

What: Dedication of Manitou Cave of Alabama Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Certified Site and commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Sequoyah's Invention of the Cherokee syllabary

When: September 18, 2021 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Manitou Cave, Lookout Mountain (Fort Payne)

Learn more about Manitou Cave

Grantee Event Spotlight: Poetry Unites Alabama

What: Poetry Unites Alabama calls on all Alabamians to share what their favorite poem means to them. Winners will be featured in a forthcoming documentary about the Poetry Unites Alabama project.

When: Submissions are due by October 20, 2021.

Where: Email submissions to poetryunites@gmail.com

Learn more about Poetry Unites America

For more information, contact AHA Grants Director Graydon Rust at grust@alabamahumanities.org or 205.558.3997. Applicants are encouraged to discuss project ideas and eligibility with the grants director before beginning the application process.