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Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits to Develop Humanities
Projects, Conduct Research, and Publish Scholarly Books

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Arkansas Humanities Council (AHC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Arkansas nonprofit organizations and academic presses to plan, conduct, and evaluate programs in the humanities disciplines that enrich the lives of state residents. Funding may be requested for public programming, research, publications, and media projects. Humanities scholars must be involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating projects funded by the council.

Major Grant Categories: 

Public Programs:  Public programs involve interaction between humanities scholars and Arkansas audiences. Formats for public programs include, but are not limited to, lectures, discussion programs, workshops, conferences, guided tours, film series and discussions, or any other imaginative means of bringing together humanities scholars and specific Arkansas audiences to examine and discuss ideas, texts, or objects from the perspective of the humanities.

Research: The council awards grants to nonprofit organizations for individual or collaborative research on topics in Arkansas prehistory, history, and culture to nonprofit organizations and groups. The council does not award grants to individuals. The results of research must be of interest or value to audiences outside the academic community as well as within it.

Publications: Grants are awarded by the Council to academic presses for costs associated with the publication of scholarly books on topics in Arkansas prehistory, history, and culture. The council expects that books supported through this category will be of interest to audiences outside the academic community as well as within it. Preference will be given to presses that make publication decisions based on refereed peer reviews.

Media Projects: Projects that focus on Arkansas, prehistory, history, and culture and involve collaboration between humanities scholars and experienced media specialists are eligible for grants from the council.

For more general information on Humanities projects and Humanities scholars, see the guidelines page:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180917

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum major grant for public programs is $10,000.

- The maximum major grant for collaborative research projects is $10,000. The maximum for projects done by and individual scholar in partnership with a non-profit organization is $2,000.

- The maximum publication major grant is $3,500.

- The maximum production major grant is $10,000. The maximum preproduction major grant is $5,000. The maximum major grant for other media projects is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects may begin no earlier than December 1.

An organization who receives an award must complete the project, request and receive all funds within the one-year grant period, and submit a final report upon completion of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arkansas Humanities Council board of directors awards grants to nonprofit organizations and academic presses for humanities projects intended to serve specific Arkansas audiences.

AHC awards grants to organizations formed for nonprofit purposes.

Any organization applying for a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council must have an approved Application for Qualification on file with the Council.

The Council does not award grants to individuals.

The following activities are not eligible for funding from the Arkansas Humanities Council:
-Social, religious, or political action programs that advocate a specific point of view
-Projects primarily intended to promote an organization or its programs
-Construction, preservation, or renovation of buildings, bridges, or roads
-International travel and travel to professional meetings
-Creative or performing arts, unless interpretation by humanities scholars is central to these projects
-Entertainment, including receptions at public events
-Scholarly conferences that do not have a strong public outreach component
-Regular college courses offered for credit or research for dissertations
-Gifts, t-shirts, or door prizes for participants
-Meals for applicant’s staff or guest speakers
-Meals or refreshments for participants at public programs
-Ingredients for meals or food demonstrations
-Rent for event spaces owned or controlled by the applicant
-Salaries or honoraria for staff of governmental entities or agencies

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on September 15. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Prospective applicants may contact council program staff before submitting grant applications. The program staff will answer questions about the application process, review and comment on application drafts, and provide information about changes in the guidelines up until the grant deadline.

Council funds may account for no more than half the total price of a project. All cost-share and expenses for a project should occur during the proposed grant period. Applicants may use any combination of cash cost-share and in-kind cost-share to meet council requirements.

Quarterly grant payments will be administered accordingly: 40% (1st quarter), 20% (2nd and 3rd quarter), and 20% with final report.

Important: In order to apply for a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, you must enter a DUNS ( and SAM (System for Award Management) (


Contact Information:

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

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Arkansas Humanities Council
407 President Clinton Ave, Suite 201
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

P: (501) 320-5761
F (501) 537-4550

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