AHF Guidelines for $500K in relief grants released

Guidelines for $500K in relief grants released
Alabama Humanities Foundation announced its guidelines today for $500,000 in relief grants to Alabama nonprofits that have a demonstrated commitment to public humanities programming. AHF is administering the grants through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. AHF opens the application process on May 4 with an initial deadline of May 15. Additional applications will be accepted on a rolling weekly basis until all funding is expended.
AHF plans to award grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations statewide that provide humanities programming as a significant part of their mission.
Grants are for general operating expenses, including salaries, rent, property maintenance, utilities, supplies and equipment. No matching funds are required.
The full guidelines may be found online in our AHF CARES: The Humanities Connection section.
For those interested in programmatic grants, review AHF’s grant guidelines for its ongoing quarterly grant cycles online in our Grants section of the website.
To be eligible, an organization must:
  • Provide public humanities programming as a significant part of its mission.
  • Be a registered nonprofit organization with a federal DUNS number.
  • Be physically located in Alabama and have Alabama residents as its primary audience.
  • Be experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the past two weeks, AHF has been compiling information from nonprofits across Alabama through a needs assessment survey. More than 100 organizations throughout the state participated in the first week. The guidelines for these grants are based upon those needs.
The feedback from nonprofits about their needs centered on the threat the pandemic poses to vital humanities programs across our state.
For many smaller non-profits, the future is bleak. On many levels, the pandemic has the very real potential to claim our enjoyment, and education of the humanities will become yet another victim. Our recovery may well depend on the life support provided by these grant opportunities … This pandemic will be a lesson for everyone on many levels. Is there a way a non-profit entity could have prepared for the financial loss we now face? Not likely. At least not for small or mid-size non-profits. For the Atmore Historical Society, we will redouble our efforts towards legacy giving and hope the economic recovery is strong and swift but also sustained. We will find a way to prepare. We have to. The next pandemic is just waiting to be documented by historians like us.
 – From the Atmore Historical Society