“Both Sides of the Lens: Photographs by the Shackelford Family, Fayette County, Alabama (1910-1935)” AHF Grant Funded Exhibition.   Photo courtesy of Birmingham Public Librabry.

The AHF awards grants solely to support public humanities projects. Active public participation, involvement of humanities scholars, and strong humanities content are the three essential ingredients of AHF-funded projects.

The grants program accommodates the broadest possible range of topics and formats for imaginative proposals. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects for a wide variety of audiences including: library and museum patrons, teachers and scholars, youth, senior citizens, nursing home residents, hospital patients, the economically disadvantaged, the incarcerated, and the hearing and sight impaired. (AHF provides fees for signers for the hearing impaired).

Preliminary Proposal:

In order for a proposal to be considered for funding, a Preliminary Proposal must be submitted via email (Word document or PDF) to the Grants Director,, at least four weeks in advance of the application deadline. The Preliminary Proposal must consist of 1) a Project Narrative (two page max) detailing project goals, humanities content and scholarship, intended audience, key project personnel, and publicity and marketing strategy, and 2) a Budget Narrative detailing proposed grant funds and proposed applicant cost-share, which may include in-kind. Applicants are strongly advised to review the Budget Guidelines and the Application Form found on the AHF Online Grant Management site before submitting a Preliminary Proposal. Note: applicants must create an account in order to access application forms.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the AHF Grants Director to discuss their project before moving forward with the application process. If the preliminary proposal is approved, the Grants Director will invite the applicant to move forward with the full application process.

Formal Application Submission Deadlines:

In order to be considered for funding, project events must take place no less than three months after the applications submission deadline.

Formal application submission may only be made through applicant’s account in the AHF Online Grant Management system. Deadline is 11:59 PM Central Time.

Annual submission dates:
Major Grants (up to $7,500) – February 15, June 15, September 15
Media Grants (up to $10,000) – February 15, June 15, September 15
Minor Grants (up to $1,500) – February 15, June 15, September 15

For more information about grants, contact Grants Director Graydon Rust at (205) 558-3997 or