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Grants to Alabama Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Humanities Projects Serving Public Audiences

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Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF)

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 11:59 PM CT


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Grants to Alabama nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, IHEs, museums, and libraries for a broad range of public humanities activities. A preliminary proposal is due at least four weeks prior to the deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

Types of Grants:

Mini Grant:

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.

Major Grants:

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.

Media Grants:

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.

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 and 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 and more.

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).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180466

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Major Grants: Up to $7,500
-Media Grants: Up to $10,000
-Minor Grants: Up to $1,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AHF provides funding to nonprofit community organizations and institutions, including but not limited to:
-Historical societies
-Civic clubs
-Religious groups
-Social service organizations
-Colleges and universities
-Television and radio producers
-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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Mini Grants and Major grants require a 1:1 cost-share match, which may include in-kind.

All Media Grants are in the form of matching challenge funds. Outright funds are not awarded in this category. Media grants require a 2:1 cash match of third-party, non-federal funds which must be raised after the award announcement.

In order for a proposal to be considered for funding, a Preliminary Proposal must be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the application deadline.

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.

Applications must be submitted at least three months prior to the program beginning date.

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.

Major Grants (including Media Grants) and Minor Grants have the same deadlines.


-February 15, 2018 applications: Mini grant applicants will receive notice of award by March 26; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by April 30; Media grant applications receive notice of award by April 30.

-June 15, 2018 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by July 16; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by July 30; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by July 30.

-Sept. 15, 2018 applications: Mini grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 15; Major grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 15; Media grant applicants receive notice of award by Oct. 15.

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Application Instructions:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Thomas Bryant, Grants Director
(205) 558-3997

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama