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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The mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum is to use the humanities to tell stories and impact the lives of all Alaskans. The Alaska Humanities Forum makes possible short-term, small-scale humanities projects in Alaska. If you are looking for a small funding award and timing of your project falls outside of the Forum’s General Grant deadline then this program may be just right for your project.

Applicants may request up to $2,000 for projects that:

  • Educate the public in the humanities

  • Engage community members in civic dialogue and exchange

  • Create access to humanities resources and experiences

  • Connect Alaskans to their heritage

  • Preserve Alaska history

  • Promote cross-cultural awareness and empathy

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


  • Non-profit organizations or institutions, individuals, and ad-hoc groups may apply for grants. 

  • Projects must be completed with 6 months of the grant award, but may begin as early as 60 days following a posted application deadline.

  • 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.

  • The overall project budget should not exceed $10,000.
  • There is a dollar-for-dollar matching requirement with earned, contributed, or in-kind support, so your Alaska Humanities Forum Grant request should not constitute more than 50% of your full project budget. 
  • “Cash” cost share includes:
    • All funding provided by the applicants themselves.
    • Grants and contributions from sources outside the Forum.
    • Grant applicant organization staff salaries and benefits.
    • Salaries and benefits from the applicant organization.
    • When the grant applicant organization’s staff members are allowed to use paid time to work on the grant project, a portion of their salaries and benefits can also be applied as cash cost share. For example, if an employee of the grant applicant organization spends 50% of their workday on an AKHF grant project, 50% of that person’s salary and benefits during that time period may be applied as cash cost share.
    • Admission or registration fees collected.
    • Any admission or registration fees collected must directly support grant activities. 
  • “In-kind” cost share includes:
    • The dollar value of goods, space, and services provided by third parties.
    • Volunteer time contributed by third parties that is considered integral and necessary to the grant project.
    • You may value unskilled volunteer time at $10.00/hr when calculating in-kind cost share.
    • You may value skilled volunteer time at a rate consistent with market rates for similar skilled work.
    • Note that some projects generate enough enthusiasm to produce a surplus of volunteer time. Although we encourage you to engage all interested volunteers, please only include integral and necessary volunteer time in cost share calculations. 
  • Requested Forum funding may support program-related expenses including, but not limited to, the following: contractual services, honoraria, domestic travel, supplies and materials, printing and duplication, postage and telephone, equipment and services, facilities rental, and publicity.

  • Projects must have a public benefit.

  • Nonprofit organizations are required to have a DUNS number.


  • In order to encourage applicants and a diversity of projects, the Forum may decide not to fund long-term projects. If the Forum decides to fund such projects, funding is often limited to no more than three consecutive grant awards for the same project. Applicants of long-term projects must submit new applications for each phase of the project for which they seek Forum support and each phase must involve a different component.


  • The Forum cannot fund projects that occur before the award and initiation documents are submitted.
  • For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Cost share cannot be retroactive before the grant award.
  • Cost share funds may not be applied to a general fundraising pool or donated to another non-profit organization. 
  • The following projects are not eligible for grant award funding:

    • Those that influence an audience toward a single position or present a one-side, 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

    • Performance 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

    • Projects that are not open to the public

    • Projects NOT centrally concerned with the humanities

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