Grants

Founded in 1974 as the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) has a long history of awarding grants to support public humanities programming. AHF grants help promote the appreciation and understanding of history, literature, philosophy, civics, and culture throughout the state.

1. Who and what we fund

AHF 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.

AHF 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 AHF Grant Guidelines.

2. 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. Requires 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 AHF grant proposals and support a broad range of projects. Requires 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, and interactive web-based projects. Requires 2:1 cash match of third-party, non-federal funds.
Sample Application

3. Application process

AHF awards all grants on a quarterly basis. Applicants are required to create an account through AHF’s Online Grant Management System and must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) online at least four weeks before the submission deadline. Once AHF approves the LOI, applicants will receive access to the full 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 AHF Grant Guidelines.

Application deadlines:
March 15
June 15
September 15
December 15

LOI deadlines:
February 16
May 18
August 18
November 18

For more information, contact 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.