Humanities Mini-Grants

Alaska Humanities Forum

Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: United States

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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.

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


Mini-Grants support short-term, small-scale humanities projects in Alaska with awards up to $2,000.

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 Mini-Grant funding.
    • Nonprofit and ad-hoc organizations are required to have a DUNS number.
  • Other requirements:
    • Projects must be short-term.
      • Projects must be completed within 6 months of the grant award. 
    • Projects must begin after the grant is officially awarded and all initiation documents are submitted.
      • We recommend applying at least 3 months prior to any planned events.  
    • Projects must be small-scale.
      • The overall project budget should not exceed $10,000.
      • If your project budget exceeds $10,000, consider applying for an Annual Humanities Grant.
    • Projects must have a public benefit.
  • Matching Requirement: 100% (dollar-for-dollar)


  • The Forum cannot fund projects that occur before the award and initiation documents are submitted. 
  • Humanities Grants do not fund projects focusing on individual scholarship for academic or other specialized audiences, or activities that result in an 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. 
  • Ineligible applicants: 
    • 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. 

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