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.

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 2022 Guidelines for Alabama Public Humanities Grants.

 

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, including planning activities for future programs. Mini grants do not require cost share matches. Project activities cannot begin until at least 45 days after the application deadline.

MINI GRANT DEADLINES: 
Applications accepted monthly, due on the first of each month.

 

MAJOR GRANT (up to $10,000)

Major grants represent the majority of AHA grant proposals 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.

MAJOR GRANT DEADLINES:

March 1: Major Grants winter application preliminary deadline
March 15: Major Grants winter application final deadline

May 15: Major Grants spring application preliminary deadline
June 15: Major Grants spring application final deadline

August 15: Major Grants summer application preliminary deadline
September 15: Major Grants summer application final deadline

November 15: Major Grants fall application preliminary deadline
December 15: Major Grants fall application final deadline

 

MEDIA GRANT (up to $15,000)

Media grants provide support for large 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 75 days after the application deadline.

MEDIA GRANT DEADLINES: 

May 1: Media Grants annual application preliminary deadline
June 1: Media Grants annual application final 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 grust@alabamahumanities.org or 205.558.3997.

AHA is committed to providing support throughout the application process, including feedback on preliminary applications meant to strengthen final proposals.

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 2022 Guidelines. 

 

Grantee Spotlight: The Humanity of Black Music in Alabama

The Tennessee Valley Jazz Society has recorded a symposium on how positive music during the civil rights movement encouraged and enabled the nonviolent movement to succeed. Visit the TVJS website to watch, "The Humanity of Black Music in Alabama and the Civil Rights Movement." 

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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

For more information, contact AHA Grants Director Graydon Rust at grust@alabamahumanities.org or 205.558.3997.