Newsroom Category: Grant Projects

Meet AHA’s 55 grantees from 2023

Birmingham / April 22, 2024: Curious what kind of public humanities projects the Alabama Humanities Alliance funds through its grant program? Take a look at AHA’s final list of 2023 grant recipients.

In 2023, AHA awarded 55 grants totaling more than $342,000 to support public humanities programs across the state. Collectively, this funding helps to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of our history, literature, philosophy, culture, civics, and more.

AHA offers Mini Grants (up to $2,500), Major Grants (up to $10,000), and Media Grants (up to $15,000) to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions statewide. Awarded projects take many shapes but each, in some way, helps connect Alabamians to our past, to the world around us and, ultimately, to each other.

Interested in applying for an Alabama Public Humanities Grant in 2024? Visit AHA’s grants page to learn more and consider talking with our grants director about project eligibility.

The most important elements for any potential grant project include:

1. Public participation
2. Strong humanities content
3. Direct involvement of humanities scholars.

For example, AHA often funds the following types of projects:

  • Lectures and panel discussions
  • Conferences, symposia, and festivals
  • Community history projects
  • Book or reading discussions
  • Teacher workshops
  • Temporary and traveling exhibitions
  • Oral history projects
  • Documentary films or series
  • Podcasts, apps, digital media



Note that all Major Grants and Media Grants are evaluated by an independent review panel of humanities scholars and practitioners. Learn more about AHA’s 2024 Grants Review Panel.

Photo at top: A story quilt presented as part of Project Threadways’ oral history project and symposium (Florence, 2023 grantee). 


About the Alabama Humanities Alliance
Founded 50 years ago, in 1974, the nonprofit and nonpartisan Alabama Humanities Alliance serves as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. AHA promotes impactful storytelling, lifelong learning and civic engagement. Through our programs and grantmaking, we provide Alabamians with opportunities to connect with each other, with our shared history, and with the vibrant and complex communities we call home. Learn more at

$200K for humanities projects in 2023

Birmingham / September 1, 2023  — Through the first half of 2023, the Alabama Humanities Alliance has awarded 29 grants, contributing $206,996 in funding to humanities-rich public projects. Grantee programs cover the state — from a Kudzu Soliloquy series of conversations at Dothan’s Wiregrass Museum of Art to an exploration of Asian American culture at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (youth panel pictured above).

Through June 2023, AHA’s statewide support includes: 12 Mini Grants (up to $2,500 each); 11 Major Grants (up to $10,000 each); and 6 Media Grants (up to $15,000).

Meet AHA’s newest grantees, awarded January-June 2023

The Alabama Humanities Alliance is the primary source of grants for public humanities projects in the state. AHA offers monthly Mini Grants; quarterly Major Grants; and annual Media Grants for documentaries, podcasts, and other digital projects.

In 2022, AHA awarded 51 grants in total, contributing $301,320 for humanities-rich public programming statewide. Those projects — steeped in history, literature, civics, culture, and more — reached nearly 214,000 Alabamians. Programming included festivals, book talks, teacher workshops, oral history projects, storytelling events, art panels, podcast series, and much more.

Support for AHA’s grants comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about current offerings and guidelines:

Remaining grant deadlines for 2023 include:


About the Alabama Humanities Alliance
Founded in 1974, the nonprofit Alabama Humanities Alliance serves as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through our grantmaking and public programming, we connect Alabamians to impactful storytelling, lifelong learning, and civic engagement. We believe the humanities can bring our communities together and help us all see each other as fully human. Learn more at