Now Accepting Applications: AHA–NEH Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations

Rebecca West's picture
December 14, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
Public History, Local History, Native American History / Studies, African American History / Studies

The American Historical Association’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program provides $2.5 million to support dozens of small history-related organizations adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants, ranging from $10,000 to $75,000, fund short-term projects that explore new ideas or build on experiments initiated during the pandemic—from virtual programming or online publications to using new technologies or expanding audiences and accessibility. We encourage proposals for both ambitious new initiatives as well as smaller projects that address problems that have arisen because of the pandemic. This program is funded through the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP): Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations Program.

Membership associations, site- or location-based institutions (including online entities), and history and humanities departments at historically Black and tribally controlled colleges and universities (HBCUs and TCCUs) are eligible to apply. Projects may begin as early as April 1, 2022, and may not exceed one year. Projects must be completed by July 31, 2023.

The portal for applications is now open. To apply, log into your MY AHA account at and click “Available Application Forms” in the AHA Awards, Grants, and Jobs section. (Note: If you don't have an account, create one for free at Applications will be accepted until December 14. Complete instructions, including eligibility requirements and selection criteria, can be found here.

The AHA will host a pre-application webinar on Friday, November 5 at 1 p.m. ET to provide an overview and answer questions about the application process.  Register here.  The webinar will be recorded and available on the AHA’s website following the live broadcast.

Questions? The AHA recognizes that organizations that most need financial support are often those with the least capacity to apply for grants due to inadequate resources and staffing. If you feel you need support in developing your application, please contact the AHA project director Dana Schaffer so we may assist you.

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