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Grant Opportunities

Grants News Update

Arizona Humanities Project Grants have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

March 30, 2017

Please note that Congress has not yet approved funds for the current fiscal year, November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017.  Supporting grant activities is important to us. Unfortunately we cannot award funds that we have not, and potentially may not, receive. We are temporarily suspending Project Grants until further notice. This suspension does not affect current grant awards in progress or past grants awarded. We will continue to support programs and grants to the extent that our current resources allow. 

The National Endowment for the Humanities funding we receive is critical.  These funds have enriched the lives of many people, and provided opportunities for cultural exploration, learning and civic engagement for families and children, teachers and students, veterans and others. These programs have also contributed to the economy and jobs here in Arizona. If you are curious about the incredible impact of the work that nonprofits do in Arizona, I recommend the attached report, Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact.

The value of these programs far exceeds the relatively small investment in preserving and honoring American traditions as reflected through our nation’s history, art, music and literature, to name a few. This is why we support funding the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and why our support has not waivered for the past 44 years. We will continue to seek Congressional support for these valuable programs, and hope that you will join us.




Brenda Thomson
Executive Director

Grant Opportunities

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. We welcome proposals from a wide range of nonprofit organizations and encourages projects that are innovative in their approach toward the humanities and public programming.

Through disciplines such as literature, history, philosophy, languages, art and music history, architecture, folklore, and comparative religion, humanities projects offer ways to investigate, evaluate, discover, record, and articulate the meaning of human experience.

Grant Types

Mini Grants

Mini Grants are small grants of up to $2,000 that are available year-round to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience. Applicants may request up to $2,000 in Mini Grants per fiscal year (November 1 – October 31). 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 the organization plan and/or implement public humanities engagements. The goal of Mini Grants is to foster the capacity-building of small organizations with limited funding, and encourage partnerships and collaboration between nonprofits. While larger institutions can still apply for Mini Grants, they must partner with a smaller institution that will lead the program or project.

Project Grants

Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming across Arizona using the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to the Arizona experience and explore issues of significance to Arizonans. Organizations may request up to $10,000 to support their program implementation.


Grant Deadlines

Grant applications must be submitted through the online grants portal no later 5:00 p.m. Arizona Time on the due date. Applicants can monitor the status of grant applications within the online grants portal.

Mini Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted within our fiscal year (November 1 – October 31).

Proposals should be submitted to the online grants portal at least 60 days prior to project start date. Applicants are encouraged to submit before the deadline when possible. Decision notices are available through the grants portal 15 days after application submission.

Project periods are up to 12 months from start date indicated on the application. Only project costs incurred after the project start date are eligible. Projects must be completed within 12 months after start date.

Please read the Grant Guidelines to learn more about the Mini Grant cycle.


Grants & Programs Orientations

Discover opportunities for your organization with Arizona Humanities and learn how to write a competitive grant application at free orientations and webinars.

Mini Grant Webinars:


Any nonprofit group is eligible to apply for grants, including schools, libraries, museums, civic groups, government agencies, service clubs, tribal organizations, professional associations, historical societies, educational institutions and community organizations. For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible.

Eligible Projects

Grants are given only for projects or programs that take place in Arizona and/or have direct significance to Arizona.

Applications must demonstrate that the humanities are central to the project. To be considered for support, projects are required to:

  • Actively involve a humanities scholar
  • Involve public discussion of and/or distribution of humanistic work
  • Present objective points of view
  • Feature free and open access for any public events

Organizations may apply for a Mini Grant or Project Grant if:

  1. Eligible applicants include private nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations; local, tribal, and state governments; institutions of the federal government; academic institutions; and unincorporated organizations or groups that are constituted for nonprofit purposes.
  2. You are 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:

  1. The organization does not currently have an open Mini Grant with Arizona Humanities
  2. The organization has not reached the $2,000 limit in Mini Grant funds during current fiscal year (November 1-October 31)
  3. The applicant 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.

Ineligible Programs

Arizona Humanities cannot support the following:

  • Individuals (must be a nonprofit organization)
  • Advocacy or partisan objectives
  • Direct action campaigns
  • Operating costs, construction, or renovation
  • Profit-making projects
  • Scholarships and fellowships
  • Occupational training
  • Museum, school, or library acquisitions
  • Academic credit
  • Research for solely scholarly purposes
  • Universities, colleges, or affiliated organizations for programs designed primarily for their students