AHF Annual Grants

Alaska Humanities Forum

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Oct 15, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 5, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Individuals Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: United States

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Note: The draft review deadline (optional) is the pre-proposal deadline" above, and the final deadline for applications is the"full proposal deadline" above. You are still welcome and encouraged to apply even if you do not participate in the draft review process.

For 40 years, the Forum has invested in Alaska artists, writers, historians, filmmakers, and community conveners. This funding fuels creative projects that share and preserve the stories of people across the state and explore what it means to be Alaskan.

Who Are We?

The Alaska Humanities Forum is dedicated to connecting Alaskans and strengthening communities across the state. 

Using the humanities - literature and storytelling, history, art, music, philosophy, our shared cultural heritage - we create the space for Alaskans to share their stories, ideas, and perspectives so that they may better understand themselves, one another, and the human experience. 

Since 1974, the Forum has represented and served Alaska as one of the 56 state and territorial councils supported by the Naitonal Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and as a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. 

Our Mission

The Alaska Humanities Forum connects Alaskans through stories, ideas, and experiences that positively change lives and empower communities. 

Our vision is a culturally diverse, economically vibrant, and equitable Alaska where people are engaged, informed, and connected.

Humanities Grant Programs

The Alaska Humanities Forum's Grant Program funds humanities-based projects. In order to fulfill its mission, the Forum supports grant projects that:

  • Educate the public. We fund projects that help people understand complex social issues relevant to Alaska through disciplines such as history, literature, and philosophy that provide a framework for examining how we think, what we value, and what it means to be human. 
    • Examples: book, exhibit, documentary film, curriculum guide, speaker series
  • Get people talking. We fund projects that engage Alaskans in civic dialogue and discussion. Through these programs, participants hone skills of inquiry, analysis, reflection, evaluation, empathy, and conversation, enriching both their private lives and their communities.
    • Examples: community conversation, facilitated discussion, interactive workshop, cultural immersion, debate
  • Increase public access. We fund projects that open existing humanities resources to new audiences and bring existing humanities programs to additional communities in Alaska. These resources and programs should explore ideas and questions that help us document and interpret our human experience of the world around us.
    • Examples: film screening, speaker tour, digitization project, field trip
  • Preserve and promote Alaska’s stories. We fund projects that nurture diverse, contemporary Alaska stories and preserve Alaska’s human history for future generations. 
    • Examples: oral history, archival work, book, documentary film, native place name map

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit organizations, ad-hoc organizations, and individuals are eligible to apply for Annual Grant funding.
    • Nonprofit and ad-hoc organizations are required to have a DUNS number.
  • Other requirements
    • Projects must begin after the grant is officially awarded and all initiation documents are submitted
      • The Forum cannot fund projects that occur before the award and initiation documents are submitted.
      • We recommend applying at least 3 months prior to any planned events.
    • Projects must have a public benefit.
  • Matching Requirement: 100% (dollar-for-dollar)


  • Humanities Grants do not fund projects focusing on individual scholarship for academic or other specialized audiences, book publication costs, or activities that result in academic credit, including thesis or dissertation work, fellowships, or scholarships.
  • Forum Grant funds will not be used for lobbying or propaganda efforts to influence legislation of any type.
  • Applicants that are debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal assistance programs or activities are not eligible for Forum grant funds.
  • The following projects are not eligible for grant award funding: 
    • those that influence an audience toward a single position or present a one-sided, uncritical treatment of an issue (i.e., if public policy issues are involved, discussion must be balanced); 
    • work for academic credit or toward the completion of a formal degree, including travel to professional meetings and academic conferences;
    • performances in the arts, unless their primary role is to foster analysis or interpretation using history, literature, philosophy, or other humanities disciplines;
    • library or museum acquisitions and capital equipment projects; 
    • endowments, loans or building construction, acquisition or restoration (including historic preservation); 
    • acquisition of equipment; 
    • profit-making projects;
    • fundraising events; 
    • projects that are not open to the public; and
    • projects NOT centrally concerned with the humanities.