For over 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. The Forum’s annual grants support innovative, independent projects that engage, inform, and connect people across Alaska through the humanities.
In 2021, we are offering two types of funding: annual grants and event sponsorships. Please read below for details of each.
Annual Grant Projects - annual review
Applications open March 15; due April 30, 2021
Up to $15,000 per grant
Grant awards will be announced May 15.
Project Categories include:
- Publication - book, report, catalogue
- Digital product - podcast, website, digitization/archiving
- Film - including outreach and engagement
- Oral history - including cultural literacy projects
- Exhibit - virtual or in-person (as allowed)
Event Sponsorships - quarterly review
Up to $2,000 per grant
Applications due: June 15, September 15, December 15, March 15
Within the Event Sponsorship category, the Forum supports events that bring people together for civil discussion inclusive of diverse perspectives, in person or virtually. Through these programs, participants hone skills of inquiry, analysis, reflection, evaluation, empathy, and conversation, enriching both their private lives and their communities.
Past grant projects funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum have represented a wide range of perspectives, media, genres, and stories from across the state. The gallery below contains a selection of past projects.
Gather Hear Alaska
A tour bringing classical music to communities across Alaska, using the piano as a gathering place.Learn More
Muybridge in Alaska
A traveling exhibition of iconic photographer Edward Muybridge’s historic Alaskan views.Learn More
A documentary capturing the revival of the practice of traditional Inuit tattooing.Learn More
Birthplace of the Wind
This book features a long-term photography project capturing the remote Aleutian Island of Adak.Learn More
A book published to preserve the story knife tradition of passing stories from one generation to the next.Learn More
A portraiture series featuring photographs of individuals from Alaska's Two Spirit community - LGBTQ Alaska Natives.Learn More
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