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Grant Opportunities

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. 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.

*NEW* Special Initiative - Storying Arizona

storying arizona slider 400x265 (1)Arizona Humanities is now accepting applications for a new Special Initiative – Storying Arizona.
Full proposals are due November 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the decision by December 1, 2016 for projects beginning after February 1, 2017.

A one-time grant of $10,000.00 will be awarded to a team of organizations proposing public programs designed to support a collaborative team of two (2) or more organizations’ planned Storying Arizona programming. Programs may include those which educate, interpret, and/or promote awareness of the architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources of Arizona using a community-centered approach.

Organizations are encouraged to utilize the community-centered methods pioneered by the Papago Salado Association Inc.’s Story Tour Project (http://storytour.org), however, projects do not have to revolve around the Papago Salado region. Proposals may focus on and conduct programs in any region of Arizona.

Special Initiative Guidelines

  • The application must be submitted by one Project Director from a primary applicant organization who will be responsible for communicating with Arizona Humanities and reporting at the end of the grant period.
  • The Authorizing Official of the applicant organization is responsible for fiscal management of the grant funds.
  • Proposals must include at least one additional partner organization. Letters of commitment from each partner organization detailing the nature of their role in the project must be submitted with the application.
  • Public programming elements of the proposal must be completed within twelve (12) calendar months.
  • Applicants must demonstrate at least 1:1 match of grant funds through any combination of in-kind, cash donation, other outside grants, or federal funds. Applicants should include any matching provided by all partner organizations in the proposed budget.
  • All other Arizona Humanities Grant Guidelines
  • Proposals which also plan to take on responsibility for the Papago Salado Association, Inc. Story Tour website (http://storytour.org) and maintain, expand, and/or use its materials and methods are preferred.

To begin a Storying Arizona application, visit www.azhumanities.org/grantsportal.

Storying Arizona is made possible from a generous donation from the Papago Salado Association, Inc.,

Join us for an upcoming workshop to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Click here to register.

In-person Workshop (s)

  • Thursday, July 21st – 11:30am – Brown-bag Lunch Workshop @ Arizona Humanities (1242 N. Central Ave.)
  • Additional dates to be determined – check back soon!


  • Monday, July 25th  –  9:00-10:00am
  • Thursday, August 4th – 2:00-3:00pm
  • Friday, August 12th – 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 13th – 2:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 28th – 9:00-10:00am
  • Friday, October 7th – 11:00am-12:00pm

To begin a Storying Arizona application, visit www.azhumanities.org/grantsportal.

For questions, contact Samantha Anderson, sanderson@azhumanities.org.

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 Grants Deadlines:

2016 Mini Grant Deadlines
January 15 February 1 March 1
April 15 May 1 June 1
July 15 August 1 September 1
October 15 November 1 December 1

 **Mini Grant Deadlines for 2017 coming soon.**

Project start dates must begin at least 4 weeks after notification date and end by 12 months after start date.

If a deadline or notification date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, it will roll over to the next regular business day.

Project Grants Deadlines:

2016-2017 Project Grant Deadlines
November 1 December 15 March 1 April 1 to October 15 of the following year
May 1 June 15 September 1 October 1 to April 15 of the following year

The Project Grants Letter of Intent registration is open for acceptance approximately 4 weeks in advance of the deadline.

If a deadline or notification date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, it will roll over to the next regular business day.


Grant Informational Webinars

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

Storying Arizona Workshops/Webinars:

  • In-Person Workshop(s)
    • Storying AZ Brown-Bag Lunch @ Arizona Humanities (1242 N. Central Phoenix, AZ 85004) – Thurs. July 21st 11:30am-1:00pm
    • More works TBD – check back soon.
  • Online Webinars
    • Monday, July 25th – 9:00-10:00am
    • Thursday, August 4th – 2:00-3:00pm
    • Friday, August 12th – 11:00am-12:00pm
    • Tuesday, September 13th – 2:00-3:00pm
    • Wednesday, September 28th – 9:00-10:00am
    • Friday, October 7th – 11:00am-12:00pm

Mini Grant Webinars:

  • Mini Grants Webinar – Thurs., September 1st – 9:00-10:00am
  • Mini Grants Webinar – Mon., November 7th – 1:00-2:00pm

Project Grant Webinars:

  • Project Grants Webinar – Tues., October 4th – 2:00-3:00pm

Click here to register to upcoming Grant Workshops/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

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