Nonprofits are eligible for grants from the Alabama Humanities Alliance – The Hartselle Enquirer
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The Alabama Humanities Alliance began accepting applications on July 1 for $ 800,000 in special grants to help humanities organizations recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.
AHA will provide funding through individual grants of up to $ 20,000. Applications should be submitted through the AHA’s online grant management system at alabamahumanities.org. The application process will be open from July 1 to July 30.
“The AHA Recovery Grants will help humanities-focused organizations thrive beyond the pandemic,” said Chuck Holmes, Executive Director of the AHA. “Strong cultural organizations make Alabama a richer, smarter and more vibrant place to live and learn.
“These grants will support the humanities in our communities and help the state’s economic recovery in the months to come.”
These salvage grants are available through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the US Federal Rescue Act 2021.
Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants are available to Alabama-based nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated commitment to providing public humanities programs, including museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, and more.
To receive an Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant, an organization must:
- Offer public programs in the humanities as part of its mission and work.
- Be a registered non-profit organization.
- Be physically located in Alabama and serve Alabama residents as their primary audience.
Detailed grant application guidelines are available at alabamahumanities.org/grants. Grant applications can include funding for a variety of needs, such as:
- Salaries and benefits for staff involved in humanities programming and administration.
- Administrative, operational and marketing costs.
- Strategic planning, professional development, equity assessments and capacity building efforts.
- Professional fees.
- Programming, publication and broadcasting costs.
- Technical assistance, consultation or training provided by experts that will directly improve programming capacities in the humanities.
- Collaborative activities that foster partnership, networking and leveraging the resources of multiple public humanities providers, resulting in improved programming capacity.
Come to the rescue – again
In 2020, the AHA administered and distributed $ 500,000 in CARES Act grants to 79 agencies across Alabama, helping to retain staff and pay bills during the height of the pandemic.
“Our CARES grants were often the first, and sometimes the only, relief grants received by humanities organizations,” said Graydon Rust, director of grants for the AHA at the time.
“Imagine your community with the closed public library or the reduced public programming at your local museum,” Holmes said. “Or beloved historic sites like Jesse Owens Memorial Park or Helen Keller’s birthplace closed.
“Last year’s CARES law funding helped these types of groups overcome the economic impact of the pandemic. Now we want to help these precious institutions start to thrive again as invaluable resources for their communities and for all Alabamians. “
The Alabama Humanities Alliance is the state branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to foster the learning, understanding and appreciation of the people, communities and cultures of Alabama.
Learn more at alabamahumanities.org.