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Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits to
Preserve African American History

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Arkansas State Archives - Black History Commission of Arkansas (BHCA)

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Deadline Date:

01/02/20 12:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,500 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations for the study, preservation, and collection of black history within the state. Applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for African American history preservation and programming projects that are open to the public. Examples of previously supported projects include exhibits, historical research, publications, workshops, oral history interviews, documentary films, and cemetery preservation and documentation.

Eligible projects:

  • Projects that preserve, commemorate, disseminate or enhance the heritage of African Americans in Arkansas
  • Projects that generate or acquire archival material on African Americans in Arkansas
  • Projects that have an on-going or long-lasting impact on African American history (e.g., exhibit, archival collection, preservation effort, recurring event, historical marker)
  • Projects that document and protect community heritage
  • Collaborative projects that promote the history and heritage of African Americans in Arkansas

The following criteria will be considered in reviewing grant applications:

  • First-time grant applicants may be given priority for funding
  • Track record as a previous grant recipient in grant reporting, meeting project deadlines, success of project vs. project goals, etc.
  • Likelihood that project can be completed within proposed timeline
  • Likelihood that project can be completed with available funds
  • Reasonableness of project budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176661

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $3,500.

Term of Contract:

The Program will commit to no more than one (1) year of funding for any given project at a time, and grant recipients are expected to complete projects within one (1) year of the date of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to nonprofit or not-for profit organizations. Organizations do not necessarily have to hold 501(c)3 status to meet eligibility requirements.

The following activities are not eligible for funding from the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program:
- Projects that exceed $3,500 in grant funds
- Regular courses offered for credit, or associated costs (e.g., textbooks)
- For-profit activities and events
- State agencies or support groups of state agencies
- Costs of funded projects expended outside of the established grant contract period
- Operational expenses like salaries, rent, utilities, storage
- Purchase of property or real estate
- Brick and mortar projects - construction, renovation, etc.
- Contributions or donations to individuals
- Equipment purchases that will not be used on an ongoing basis for the same or a closely related purchase

Pre-proposal Conference:

Individuals who are considering applying for a grant from the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grant program should review the Sykes Program presentation and attend one of the quarterly grant workshops sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas State Archives.

All workshops are held at the Arkansas State Archives, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, and registration is required in advance. To register for an upcoming workshop, please contact Tatyana Oyinloye (see contact details below).

The next workshop will be held on December 19, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for submission is January 2, 2020, by 12:00 PM.

The deadlines for grant application cycles are:
- January 2
- April 2
- July 2
- October 2

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the grant program coordinator prior to submitting an application for general advice or to request a review of an application before final submission.

The program does not require any matching funds, but applicants are encouraged to show additional sources of support on the budget summary form.

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Black History Commission of Arkansas four times each calendar year at its quarterly meetings in February, May, August and November.

You will be notified of funding decisions within 2 weeks of BHCA quarterly meeting.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Tatyana Oyinloye, African American History Program Coordinator

Arkansas State Archives
One Capitol Mall, 2B-215
Little Rock, AR 72201

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USA: Arkansas