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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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


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

The Alabama Humanities Alliance is awarding up to $800,000 in special grants to help humanities-based organizations recover from the pandemic. These grants will help nonprofits such as museums, libraries, historic sites, and other cultural organizations bounce back, and successfully transition into a post-pandemic period.

Applications will be accepted July 1-30, 2021. Individual grants will be awarded up to $20,000, and grant recipients will be notified by September 7, 2021. 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

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.