Programs & Models



Jann Mylet

Director of Development and Communications

For 40 years, the Forum has invested in Alaska artists, writers, historians, filmmakers, and community conveners. This funding fuels creative projects that share and preserve the stories of people across the state and explore what it means to be Alaskan.


As Alaska’s state humanities council, the Alaska Humanities Forum is honored to distribute and administer funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the CARES Act.  The Forum will manage Alaska’s share of the funds directed to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils to assist affected cultural nonprofit institutions and organizations across our state with operational expenses.


The Forum has been working closely with other funding agencies in Alaska and reviewing statewide survey data from the Foraker Group and Alaska State Museums, along with descriptions provided by individual organizations, to determine where the need is greatest and what type of support will make the greatest impact.  We’ve also connected with humanities councils across the country to develop an application process that is equitable and accessible to organizations across Alaska. 


The remainder of the supplemental funding received by NEH is available as emergency funding to support at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and other cultural nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus.  Further information is available in the Supplemental Funding FAQ at


Below is information regarding the eligibility and application process for the Forum's Emergency Relief Grants.


If you have questions or need further information, please contact Jann Mylet, Director of Development and Communications, at

Grant Information

The deadline for the second round of funding closed on Friday, May 22 (11:59PM).  We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Award size:
Up to $10,000. The total size and number of grants will depend on the pool of requests for funding.


  • Eligible applicants include Alaska nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and federally recognized tribal organizations.  Organizations must be located in Alaska.

  • Organizations must have a demonstrated commitment to public humanities and/or cultural or civic programming – including, but not limited to, historical societies, libraries, cultural centers, literary groups, museums, educational organizations, historical preservation groups, and media groups that report on culture. 

  • Funding is available to cover operational costs and financial duress caused by COVID-19 closures and cancellations, and the resulting loss of earned revenue – including, but not limited to, ticket sales, tours, workshops, educational programs, venue rentals, events, fee for service work, and camps.

  • Funding will not support the development of new programs, projects, capital improvements, or initiatives at this time; including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies.

  • Funding is available to be used toward rent and facility expenses, utilities, staffing, and other operational costs associated with maintaining the organization’s solvency.

  • There is no matching or cost-share requirement tied to these funds.  

Applications and Timeline:

  • Applications are now open and must be filed online through Submittable.

  • Applications received by May 22 (11:59PM) will be notified of an award on May 29.  Following that date, additional requests will be reviewed on a rolling, bi-weekly basis, as long as funding remains. Organizations may only apply once for awards at this time.

Documents required:

  • 990 (most recent filed)

  • Current financial statement

  • Completed W9

  • As required by federal guidelines, All sub-recipient organizations must have a unique entity identification number (a DUNS number) and an active SAM registration.  Apply for these early, as they can take two weeks to receive. While not required to apply, funds cannot be dispersed without both registrations.

Review and Selection Process:
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Forum staff and Board members who will evaluate each application in the context of the overall pool of requests, giving consideration to organizational need, eligibility, geographic representation, and diversity of organizational types and approaches.

A report confirming and describing the use of funds will be due within 90 days following receipt of an award and should take less than 30 minutes to complete.