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Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Groups, and
Individuals for Public Humanities Programming

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Alaska Humanities Forum

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, ad hoc groups, and individuals for humanities projects serving public audiences. Applicants must schedule a consultation with program staff prior to applying. Funding will support humanities-based projects that:

-Educate the public: The Forum funds projects that help people understand complex social issues relevant to Alaska through disciplines such as history, literature, and philosophy that provide a framework for examining how we think, what we value, and what it means to be human. Examples: book, exhibit, documentary film, curriculum guide, and speaker series.

-Get people talking: The Forum funds projects that engage Alaskans in civic dialogue and discussion. Through these programs, participants hone skills of inquiry, analysis, reflection, evaluation, empathy, and conversation, enriching both their private lives and their communities. Examples: community conversation, facilitated discussion, interactive workshop, cultural immersion, and debate.

-Increase public access: The Forum funds projects that open existing humanities resources to new audiences and bring existing humanities programs to additional communities in Alaska. These resources and programs should explore ideas and questions that help us document and interpret our human experience of the world around us. Examples: film screening, speaker tour, digitization project, and field trip.

-Preserve and promote Alaska’s stories. The Forum funds projects that nurture diverse, contemporary Alaska stories and preserve Alaska’s human history for future generations. Examples: oral history, archival work, book, documentary film, and native place name map.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162999

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

The project period is up to 2.5 years.

Grant project periods should begin no earlier than 3/1/2018 to allow for the processing of paperwork.

The Forum may consider funding a long-term project for up to three consecutive funding cycles if proposals for each cycle focus on different project components or new phases. A continuous/long- term project will not be funded more than three consecutive times in order to encourage grantees to find a wide range of funding support for their projects and allow Forum funds to be allocated to other funding needs. Certain projects, such as conferences or festivals, may be exempt from this policy. Exemptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Grantees are eligible for up to two 6-month extensions, but the final deadline will not be extended past the final deadline of the originating grant. Grants awarded in 2018 have a final project deadline of May 1, 2020. Extensions will not be granted beyond this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, ad-hoc organizations, and individuals are eligible to apply for Annual Grant funding.

Nonprofit and ad-hoc organizations are required to have a DUNS number.

Humanities Grants do not fund projects focusing on individual scholarship for academic or other specialized audiences, or activities that result in academic credit, including thesis or dissertation work, fellowships, or scholarships.

Applicants that are debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal assistance programs or activities are not eligible for Forum grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants require a 100% (dollar-for-dollar) match.

Applicants must indicate through detailed accounting if match or cost share funds for grant projects are anticipated or in-hand at the time of application. When cost share budgeting includes grant proposals to other funding sources, applicants must indicate if proposals have been approved, are pending response or have been denied.

In-kind services allocated as match or cost share may be counted if the service is an integral and necessary part of the project. Rates for volunteer services shall be consistent with those paid for similar work in the labor market and will be documented by the grant recipients.

Value assessed to donated supplies included in the match or cost share funds shall be reasonable and shall not exceed the fair market value of the property at the time of the donation.
Funding from other federal sources may not be applied towards match requirement.

Prior to applying, applicants must schedule a phone appointment with the Grants Officer to discuss the project.

Applications open on September 1. The draft review deadline (optional) is October 31, and the final deadline for applications is December 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in early February, 2018.

The Forum recommends applying at least 3 months prior to any planned events.

More information about Alaska Humanities Forum grants may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Schedule a phone call or meeting by clicking here:

Megan Zlatos, Director of Grants and Special Projects
(907) 272-5373

Alaska Humanities Forum
161 E. 1st Ave, Door 15
Anchorage, AK 99501

P: (907) 272-5341
F: (907) 272-3979

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska