Funding Qualifications

Who qualifies for AHF grant funding?

AHF provides funding to nonprofit community organizations and institutions, including but not limited to:

  • libraries
  • museums
  • historical societies
  • civic clubs
  • religious groups
  • social service organizations
  • schools
  • colleges and universities
  • television and radio producers
  • municipalities
  • local government agencies
  • others upon consultation with the Grants Director

Project must be sponsored by in-state agencies, or of primary interest to Alabama’s residents. All projects must have an in-state fiscal agent. Out-of-state applicants will only be considered if partnering with an in-state fiscal agent.

What types of projects does AHF fund?

AHF funds a wide array of project types, including:

  • portable exhibit rentals
  • exhibition design and production
  • book discussions
  • humanities radio broadcasts
  • lecture/discussion programs
  • dramas based on oral histories & dramatic historical interpretation
  • interpretive readings of poetry, prose, or song
  • historical figures in costume and site interpretations
  • television & film documentaries and study guides to stimulate discussion on issues
  • community forums or town meetings to encourage public debate and discussion
  • teachers seminars, institutes, workshops & more. Contact Grant Director to discuss your ideas.

AHF does not fund projects that:

  • promote a course of action or advocacy
  • discriminate against persons or groups
  • support individual research or scholarship
  • support permanent planning, construction, or restoration
  • result in permanent acquisition of equipment
  • realize a profit or result in a free-standing publication
  • aim to realize a profit

What are the grant project requirements?

All projects must meet the following requirements:

Format: Any format that brings the general public together with humanities subjects and from which the public benefits from the insights of humanities scholars will be considered. Possible formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, teacher seminars, reading and discussion programs, workshops, and public discussion, such as lectures and keynote speakers with accompanying Q&A, panel discussions, round table discussions.

Humanities Focus/Scholarship: Proposal must ensure that one or more of the humanities disciplines are central to the project. Humanities scholars and scholarship must play a key role in all phases of the project. Humanities disciplines include but are not limited to history, philosophy, languages, literature, archaeology, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the visual and performing arts, ethics, comparative religion, linguistics, social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches, and cultural anthropology. Programs must provide information for exploring and interpreting ideas rather than to supporting a particular point of view.

Audience: Projects should be designed for general audiences as opposed to subject matter experts and target the out-of-school Alabamian. Audiences may be designed to serve a particular population, such as student (after-school programs), teachers, veterans, and traditionally underserved groups, including individuals living with life threatening illnesses, the elderly, the incarcerated, the homeless, and others upon consultation with the Grants Director. A quality public program will involve potential audience members in the project planning.

Project Personnel: All projects must utilize a Project Director, Humanities Advisor, Humanities Scholar(s), and a Fiscal Agent. Major Grant applicants must have a planning committee consisting of the above, members of the targeted audience, and others who may or may not be project participants.

All project receiving federal funds are subject to the provisions of Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations issued pursuant thereto by the National Endowment for the Humanities (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 43, Chapter XI).

Acknowledgement of AHF: all materials publicized or resulting from grant activities shall contain an acknowledgement of AHF, whether print-based, digital or otherwise.

What is the application process?

Applicants must have an account in the AHF Online Application Management system. If the applicant organization does not have an account, an organization representative must create one. Only 501c3 and other eligible non-profit organizations or public entities may hold an account. AHF does not award grants to individuals. Applicants should contact AHF Grants Director Graydon Rust at or (205) 558-3997 with any questions or concerns.

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 not take place until three months after the application 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