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Project Grants

Applicants may request up to $10,000 to support the program costs of public humanities projects. The basic request of up to $5,000 must be matched by in-kind contributions. An additional amount up to $5,000 may be requested if matched by third-party cash contributions, which must be in place at the time of application to AHC. Applicants may be awarded up to three Project Grants each fiscal year (November 1 through October 31).


Intent Deadline Application Deadline Award Notification
November 22, 2013 January 10, 2014 March 7, 2014
March 21, 2014 May 2, 2014 July 7, 2014
July 25, 2014 September 12, 2014 October 27, 2014

AHC occasionally requests proposals for Project Grants on specific themes:

Journey Stories
In 2013-14 Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, will be hosted by six rural communities in Arizona. AHC is pleased to request proposals for projects which touch upon the diverse themes in this exhibition: Accounts of immigrants coming in search of promise in a new country; stories of individuals and families relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead, or employment; the harrowing journeys of Africans and Native Americans forced to move; and, of course, fun and frolic on the open road. AHC encourages applicants from communities across Arizona whose projects explore immigration, migration, transportation, innovation, and freedom. For more information: click here

Civil Discourse
AHC will give special consideration to grant proposals that unite a humanities perspective with civil discourse techniques for public discussion about the important issues that affect our collective future.

Target Audience
AHC will give special consideration to grant proposals that seek to target children, teens, and young adults.

Teachers' Institutes and In-service Programs

Special Guidelines

AHC encourages proposals that promote collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue between teachers and humanities advisors. Proposals for Teacher Institutes or In-service Programs must follow the guidelines and instructions that apply to AHC project grants. Eligible expenditures may also include travel stipends or tuition waivers for teachers participating in the program. In addition, proposals must:

  • Focus on delivering humanities content rather than pedagogy, and must include humanities advisor(s) in the planning, content development, and implementation of the program.
  • Include the development of curriculum materials or other resources that can be used directly in the classroom, and provide an explanation of how curriculum materials will be made available to teachers and in what format.
  • Clearly state how the program content adheres, or can be applied to, the Arizona Department of Education academic K-12 standards.

How to Apply

Intent to Apply
All applicants must submit an Intent to Apply form before the posted deadline. AHC will acknowledge receipt of an intent submission with information regarding a project's eligibility and competitiveness, and details about submitting a full project grant proposal. AHC will not accept proposals from applicants who have not first submitted an Intent to Apply form. Complete your Intent to Apply

Grant Proposal Submission
A grant proposal consists of the following components:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Grant Narrative
  • Budget Form
  • Humanities Advisor Form(s)

AHC staff is available to answer questions about completing your proposal prior to the application deadline.

Applications are reviewed by a committee, including AHC Board members, staff, and guest humanities scholars. Applicants will be notified by mail of the review outcome on or after the "Award Notification" date.


AHC hosts regular workshops in its office in Phoenix, via webinar, and at sites across Arizona. The workshops are free of charge, and open to anyone interested in learning more about the Arizona Humanities Council, its available resources, or how to write a competitive AHC grant proposal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop prior to submitting the Intent to Apply. Register for an upcoming workshop.