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.
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 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 applications must be submitted through the Grants and Programs Dashboard on the day of the established deadline. Staff assistance is available until 5:00 p.m. on grant deadline days. Applicants can monitor the status of grant applications within the Grants and Programs Dashboard.
Bookmark the Grants and Programs Dashboard link: https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?urlkey=azhumanities
Project Grant Deadlines
Letter of Intent Deadline
|Application Deadline||Notification Date||Project Period|
|November 1, 2017||December 15, 2017||March 1, 2018||April 1, 2018 – October 15, 2019|
|May 1, 2018||June 15, 2018||September 1, 2018||October 1 2018 – April 15, 2020|
Mini Grants Deadlines
Mini Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted within our fiscal year (November 1 – October 31).
Proposals must be submitted to the Grants and Programs Dashboard at least 60 days prior to project start date. 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.
Discover opportunities for your organization with Arizona Humanities and learn about the grants application process at free orientations and 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.
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:
Organizations may apply for a Mini Grant or Project Grant if:
In addition, organizations may apply for a Mini Grant if:
Arizona Humanities cannot support the following:
Please review the Grant Guidelines for comprehensive details about Arizona Humanities grants.
Is an organization required to submit a Letter of Intent?
Does Arizona Humanities provide any support for writing a Grant application?
What role should a humanities scholar play in a project?
Are individuals eligible to apply for an Arizona Humanities grant?
Does Arizona Humanities fund art or performance projects?
How does a program “use the humanities to address contemporary social issues?”
Can an organization have a Project Grant and Mini Grant open at the same time?
Can an organization apply for multiple grants in the same year?
Will previous awards from Arizona Humanities affect my proposal?
What qualifies as an “in-kind contribution” and “Third-party cash contribution?”
How are grants reviewed?
If an application is not awarded, can the organization resubmit an application in a future cycle?
Yes. Please consult with Arizona Humanities regarding the outcome of the Review Committee’s discussion before resubmitting in future grant cycles.