Grant Application Instructions

In an effort to better serve our constituents and improve grant tracking, AHF requires paperless, online grant submission through the AHF Online Grant Management system. Please follow these instructions to get started.


Create an account in the AHF Online Grant Management system by clicking the “Apply Now” tab below. If your organization does not already have an account, you will need to create one. Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.


Once logged in, select the application form and follow instructions (for Media Grants use the Major Form). The system allows you to save your work as you go. We recommend that you back up your proposal in a Word document.


Download a copy of the Budget Guidelines. Follow instructions carefully. Once the application is complete and all documents have been uploaded, click “Submit” at the bottom of the application. Do not click “Submit” until you are completely finished with the application. Once submitted, the application will no longer be accessible for editing.

Ready to Apply?  Click this button to begin your online grant application:


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 should not take place until three months after the application 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