Grant Categories

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, tbryant@alabamahumanities.org, 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:

Application must be submitted at least three months prior to any public program dates.

Formal application submission can only be made through applicant’s account in the AHF Online Grant Management system by midnight 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

Award notification estimates:
February 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by March 31; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by May 13; Media grant applications receive notice of award by May 13.
June 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by July 15; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1.
Sept. 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6.

For more information about grants, contact Grants Director Thomas Bryant at (205) 558-3997 or tbryant@alabamahumanities.org.

Alabama Humanities Foundation offers the following types of grants:

Mini Grant


Grant Amount: Up to $1,500 in Outright funds. Requires a 1:1 cost-share match, which may include in-kind.

Designed for flexibility and expedience, Mini Grants support a wide variety of public humanities projects from workshops and small exhibitions to reading/discussion series and lecture/discussion programs. Mini Grants are different from Major Grants in that they feature reduced and simplified application requirements.

Mini Grant applications require the following:

  • Project Narrative (two-page max) detailing project topic and theme, project goals, humanities focus, humanities scholarship, target audience, key project personnel (noting field of expertise, advanced degrees, and institutional affiliation), publicity and marketing strategy, and evaluation plan.
  • Budget Summary
  • Budget Narrative (two-page max) detailing proposed grant funds and proposed applicant cost-share, which may include in-kind.
  • Project Director vita (abbreviated vita – one-page max)
  • Humanities Advisor vita (abbreviated vita – one-page max)

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, tbryant@alabamahumanities.org, 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:

Application must be submitted at least three months prior to any public program dates.

Formal application submission can only be made through applicant’s account in the AHF Online Grant Management system by midnight 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

Award notification estimates:
February 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by March 31; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by May 13; Media grant applications receive notice of award by May 13.
June 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by July 15; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1.
Sept. 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6.

For more information about grants, contact Grants Director Thomas Bryant at (205) 558-3997 or tbryant@alabamahumanities.org.

Major Grant

Grant Amount: Up to $7,500 in Outright funds. Requires a 1:1 cost-share match, which may include in-kind.

Major Grants fund a broad range of projects. Formats include public discussion programs, such as workshops, reading/discussion, lecture/discussion, and other community forums which encourage scholar/audience dialogue. They may be supplemented by other formats such as media items or exhibitions.

Major Grants support exhibitions, including wall-mounted or portable interpretive exhibitions for displays at public sites such as libraries, museums, and government buildings. Interpretation by humanities scholars in the form of captioning, pamphlets, and lecture/discussion programs must be an integral part of the exhibition.

Major Grants support teacher programs in a variety of formats focusing on critical reading and discussion, analytical writing, and discourse on the humanities currently in the Alabama public school curriculum. Teacher programs must be content-based with limited pedagogical emphasis. AHF stipulates that participating educational institutions waive tuition fees for participants. AHF does not fund individuals.

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, tbryant@alabamahumanities.org, 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:

Application must be submitted at least three months prior to any public program dates.

Formal application submission can only be made through applicant’s account in the AHF Online Grant Management system by midnight 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

Award notification estimates:
February 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by March 31; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by May 13; Media grant applications receive notice of award by May 13.
June 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by July 15; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1.
Sept. 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6.

For more information about grants, contact Grants Director Thomas Bryant at (205) 558-3997 or tbryant@alabamahumanities.org.

Media Grant

Media Grants provide support for documentary film, television, and radio programs as well as interactive web-based projects. Media projects must have an Alabama focus and feature an accompanying interpretive study guide for potential use by educators. Applicants must have extensive professional experience with media production techniques. Applicants must be Alabama-based non-profit or public organizations. Out-of-state organizations must have an instate non-profit organization serving Fiscal Agent.

All Media Grants are in the form of matching challenge funds. Outright funds are not awarded in this category.

Grant Amount: Up to $2,000 in Matching Funds for Research and Development Phase. Up to $10,000 in Matching Funds for Production Phase; grant funds are not available for post-production. Requires 2:1 cash match of third-party, non-federal funds which must be raised after the award announcement.

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, tbryant@alabamahumanities.org, 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:

Application must be submitted at least three months prior to any public program dates.

Formal application submission can only be made through applicant’s account in the AHF Online Grant Management system by midnight 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

Award notification estimates:
February 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by March 31; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by May 13; Media grant applications receive notice of award by May 13.
June 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by July 15; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Aug. 1.
Sept. 15, 2017 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 6.

For more information about grants, contact Grants Director Thomas Bryant at (205) 558-3997 or tbryant@alabamahumanities.org.