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Arizona Humanities (AH) supports innovative, community-based projects that use humanities disciplines to connect Arizonans to the cultures, peoples, and histories of the state and beyond. AH welcomes proposals from a wide range of nonprofit organizations and encourages projects that are innovative in their approach toward the humanities and public programming.

AH offers two types of grants:

What are the humanities?

The humanities are disciplines that explore past and present human experiences. The humanities are also the stories and ideas which allow us to reflect, to understand, and to make meaning out of the world around us. The humanities emphasize the exchange of ideas, critical thinking, and explore ways of thinking about the world. Projects should address ideas related to one or more of the following humanities disciplines:

  • language, both modern and classical
  • linguistics
  • literature
  • history
  • jurisprudence
  • philosophy
  • archaeology
  • comparative religion
  • ethics
  • the history, criticism and theory of the arts
  • those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods
  • the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

AH grant funded projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to the Arizona experience and explore issues of significance to Arizonans.

The goals of AH grants are to:

    • Encourage informed public discourse in communities across Arizona
    • Promote public interaction with humanities scholarship
    • Actively engage Arizonans with issues and ideas that help deepen their understanding of the world around them

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