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Arizona Humanities Grants Program

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Academic Institutions for Public Humanities Projects

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Arizona Humanities

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Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM - Applications for Mini Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted. Apply at least 60 days prior to project start date.


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Grants of up to $2,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions for community-based humanities projects. Applicants may need to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application and complete required registrations.

Arizona Humanities supports innovative, community-based projects that use humanities disciplines to connect Arizonans to the cultures, peoples, and histories of the state and beyond. It welcomes proposals from a wide range of nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations and encourages projects that are innovative in their approach toward the humanities and public programming. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to issues of significance to Arizonans.

The grants program aims to stimulate thoughtful community exchange, build new audiences for the humanities, innovate new methods in the humanities, and advocate for the importance of the humanities for a lively and engaged democratic public.

Program formats include, but are not limited to:

  • Interactive lectures and discussions
  • Exhibits
  • Publications (must be published through a third-party, peer-review process)
  • Public broadcasts; online and/or radio
  • Film documentaries
  • Discussions before or after performances

Arizona Humanities maintains two levels of grant support:

Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming using the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to the Arizona experience and explore issues of significance to Arizonans. 

Mini Grants are small grants that are available year-round to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience.  Mini Grants can be used for capacity-building, program planning, and implementation of programs. Capacity-building may include training and education for constituents to help plan and/or implement public humanities engagements. The applicant organization’s budget must not exceed $500,000. Larger institutions must partner with a smaller institution that will lead the program or project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180848

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini Grants: Requests up to $2,000
Project Grants: Requests up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Project periods:
- April 1, 2021 - October 31, 2022
- October 1, 2021, to April 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For a Mini Grant or Project Grant:
1. Eligible applicants include: private nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations; local, tribal, and state governments; institutions of the federal government; and academic institutions.
2. Applicant organization must have an active SAM Cage Code
3. Applicant must be in “good standing” with Arizona Humanities, i.e., you do not have an overdue grant report or a previously defaulted grant.

In addition, organizations may apply for a Mini Grant if:
4. The organization does not currently have an open Mini Grant.
5. The organization does not have a Project Grant for the same program.
6. The organization has not reached the $2,000 limit in Mini Grant funds during current fiscal year (November 1-October 31)
7. The organization's budget does not exceed $500,000. A copy of the organization's annual budget is to be included with the application. If you are applying from a department or unit within a parent organization, please use the budget of your department/unit to determine if you qualify.

Non-Arizona based organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply, but should be prepared to articulate the impact their project will have in Arizona. Funding for projects with a clear Arizona connection will be prioritized.

Applicants who have applied for and received Mini Grant funding for the same program for three consecutive years are thereafter ineligible to receive Mini Grants for that program.

Not funded:
- Academic fees or other degree-related expenses, including academic research
- Archival acquisitions
- Courses
- Creation of art or performances in the arts
- Direct social action or political action, e.g., counseling, legal or medical services, economic development activities, lobbying
- Economic development activities
- Equipment purchases (exceptions may apply where rental costs exceed purchase value)
- Fellowships or scholarships
- Food or beverages
- Foreign, non-economy, or extensive domestic travel
- Fundraising or for-profit activities
- Indirect or overhead costs
- Restoration work and construction work
- Salary replacement for permanent staff. Part-time staff may be offered honoraria if the funds will be used for hours above what the applicant organization currently offers to them. Hours must be allocated to the program for which you are seeking funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Project Grant Timelines:

- Intent to apply deadline: November 1, 2020
- Application deadline: December 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM
- Notification date: March 1, 2021

- Intent to apply deadline: May 1, 2021
- Application deadline: June 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM
- Notification date: September 1, 2021

Mini Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted within the fiscal year (November 1 – October 31). Apply at least 60 days prior to project start date.

The SAM Cage Code can take 12-15 days after submission to become active. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the SAM registration or renewal.

Applicants are encouraged to make contact to speak about their project before submitting a proposal.

Arizona Humanities requires one-to-one in-kind or cash matching of all projects. Matching consists of all project expenses not attributed to the Arizona Humanities grant, including both cash and in-kind contributions made to the project by the applicant and third parties. The total cost sharing must at least equal the total funds requested from Arizona Humanities. Please note, any funds of federal origin cannot contribute to your match, but must be noted in your budget. For more information see:

All grant materials (Intent to Apply, Grant Applications) must be submitted through the Grants and Programs Dashboard. Mailed or emailed proposals will not be accepted.

Staff assistance is available until 5:00 PM on grant deadline days.

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Mini Grant Webinar Recording:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Samantha Anderson, Grants Manager
Ext. x25

1242 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 257-0335
TTY users please call 7-1-1

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