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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.

Grant Deadlines

Grant applications must be submitted no later 5:00 p.m. Arizona Time on the due date.

Mini Grants 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


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:

November 6, 2015 December 17, 2015 March 4, 2016 April 15, 2016 through October 15, 2017
May 19, 2016 June 30, 2016 September 2, 2016 October 16, 2016 through April 16, 2018

Project start dates must begin at least 6 weeks after notification date and end by 18 months after start date.

The Project Grants Intent to Apply application 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 Mini or Project Grant application.


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