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50th Anniversary Grants

In celebration of our 50th anniversary Arizona Humanities is proud to offer two one-time funding opportunities. The first grant theme, Climate Conversations, is focused on the environment and sustainability. The second grant theme, Representation Matters, is focused on civic engagement and the history of representation in the U.S. 
Applications due October 2, 2023.

Read Full Grant Guidelines Here

Climate Conversations grants focus on the environmental humanities and explore the complex relationship between people, the humanities, and our environment. The science and data behind climate change and environmental challenges are important. But learning about the impact of these challenges on local communities, and hearing the stories of the people affected, is equally important. Climate Conversations ask: When does the environment intersect with the human experience? Why are the humanities important to environmental issues? How can we meet environmental challenges and sustain resources? and more. Climate Conversations funded programs should do the following:

  • deepen public understanding of an environmental issue(s).
  • promote the role of the humanities in solving environmental issue(s).
  • encourage the public to be a part of the solution.

Representation Matters grants focus on topics related to civic education, civic engagement, and representation in our democracy, with an emphasis on current issues of local and national importance. Representation Matters funded programs ask: What does it mean to be civically engaged? Why is diverse representation important for democracy? What are the stories and perspectives of underrepresented communities? How can we promote education and access? and more. Representation Matters funded programs should do the following:

  • foster cross-cultural understanding, empathy, and community resilience.
  • deepen public understanding of local, state, or national history, especially lesser-known history from underrepresented communities.
  • promote civic engagement, information literacy, and social connection.


Grant Award and Eligibility

Grantee Storytelling

How to Apply




Grant Award: Applicants may request up to $5,000. Arizona Humanities may not fully fund every grant request.

Funding Priorities: Arizona Humanities encourages all eligible organizations to apply. Please note that priority will be given to organizations whose mission directly serves traditionally underserved communities. Underserved communities include Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants include private nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations; local, tribal, and state governments; institutions of the federal government; and academic institutions.
  • Applicant must be in “good standing” with Arizona Humanities. For example, you do not have an overdue grant report or a previously defaulted federal grant.
  • Out of state applicants – Non-Arizona based organizations may apply, but should be prepared to articulate the direct impact their project will have in Arizona. We prioritize funding for projects with a clear Arizona connection.
  • Please consult the Grant Guidelines Here to confirm eligibility.

Activities Eligible for Support (included but not limited to):

  • Professional fees, including travel expenses, honoraria and stipends for humanities advisors, speakers, interviewees, artists, technical consultants, etc.
  • Programming, publication, dissemination expenses.
  • Technical/consultant needs related to a digital transition or in support of preservation and access programs.
  • Marketing expenses.
  • Evaluation expenses.
  • Documentation expenses.
  • Please consult the Grant Guidelines Here for activities not eligible for support.

Read Full Grant Guidelines Here

View Webinar Here

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration Arizona Humanities will be collecting grantee impact stories to be shared through social media and other outreach channels. Arizona Humanities will provide videography services and will share impact stories with select grantees at no cost. All 50th Anniversary Grant recipients must be prepared to submit materials for these impact stories. Materials can include interviews with program staff and participants, photos and/or videos of program activities, and more. Arizona Humanities staff will work with grantees to determine the best storytelling method for their specific program and participants. We will try to include as many impact stories as possible but cannot guarantee that all grantees will be featured in videos.

Before beginning the application process, please review the Full Grant Guidelines Here.

Apply – You may apply through the Arizona Humanities Grants and Programs Dashboard.

  • Link: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=azhumanities
  • Create an account with the Arizona Humanities Grants and Programs Dashboard if you do not already have one. Contact Arizona Humanities staff if you are unsure if your organization has an account.
  • Preview the application before starting.
  • Paper applications will not be accepted.

Application Materials – You will need the following to complete your application:

  • Non-profit IRS Determination Letter (if applicable).
  • System for Award Management (SAM) Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). As required by federal guidelines, applicants must have a SAM UEI to receive grant funds. We strongly encourage you to apply for a SAM UEI ASAP if you do not already have one.
  • Evaluation Instrument.
  • Project Director & Authorizing Official Signatures.
  • 3rd Party Cash Match Documentation (if applicable).
  • Federally Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate/NICRA Documentation (if applicable).
  • Please consult the Grant Guidelines Here for all required application materials.

Online Grants and Programs Dashboard

Applications Open: August 1, 2023

Application Deadline: October 2, 2023

Notification Date: December 1, 2023

Grant Period: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024

Final reports are due 90 days after your project end date.

Grant Period: Applicants can utilize grant funds for expenses incurred no earlier than January 1, 2024, through the end of their project period. Organizations will indicate their specific project end date on the application, all grant funds must be spent, and projects must end on or before December 31, 2024.

Info Session: Learn more about 50th Anniversary Grants by watching the recording of our virtual info session – Recording Here.

Contact Us: Samantha Anderson, sanderson@azhumanities.org, 602-257-0335 x 25

Who We Are: Arizona Humanities is a statewide nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.