Alabama Humanities Alliance to award up to $800,000 in grants to help cultural organizations bounce back from the pandemic


Beginning July 1, the Alabama Humanities Alliance (AHA) will accept applications for $800,000 in special grant funding to help humanities organizations recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.

AHA will award funding through individual grants of up to $20,000. Applications should be submitted through AHA’s online grant management system at The application process will run from July 1–30.

“AHA’s recovery grants will help humanities-focused organizations thrive beyond the pandemic,” says Chuck Holmes, AHA’s executive director. “Robust cultural organizations make Alabama a richer, smarter, and more vibrant place to live and learn. These grants will sustain the humanities in our communities and contribute to the state’s economic recovery in the months ahead.”

Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants are available thanks to funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Grant eligibility

Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants are available to Alabama-based nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated commitment to providing public humanities programming, including museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, and more.

To receive an Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant, an organization must:

• Provide public humanities programming as a significant part of its mission and work.

• Be a registered nonprofit organization.

• Be physically located in Alabama and serve Alabama residents as its primary audience.

Detailed grant application guidelines are available at Grant requests may include funding for a variety of needs, such as:

• Staff salaries and fringe benefits for personnel involved in humanities programming and administration.

• Administrative, operational, and marketing expenses.

• Strategic planning, professional development, equity assessments, and capacity-building efforts.

• Professional fees.

• Programming, publication, and dissemination expenses.

• Technical assistance, consultation, or training provided by experts that will directly enhance humanities programming capabilities.

• Collaborative activities that promote partnership, networking, and leveraging the resources of multiple public humanities providers, resulting in enhanced programming capacity.