Potential Funding Resources


The following list includes many funding resources in Alabama but is not comprehensive. New funding resources appear each year. Most of these organizations fund public programming. Some organizations have websites, while others may have phone or mailing address contact information.


Foundation Center
The Foundation Center maintains a national database of grant funding opportunities. The database requires a free registration to access.


State Agencies

Federal Agencies


Foundations fund a variety of public arts and humanities programming across Alabama. Some foundations only fund specific geographic regions. Others fund statewide projects. Most require projects to demonstrate how funds will be used to serve the public. Many encourage organizations to work closely with underserved communities in the state or collaborate with public K-12 institutions. Most foundations have a website with additional funding information. Some require organizations to be invited before applying for funding. Acquiring funding from foundations often requires extensive communication and project development. Most foundations want your organization to demonstrate prior work and funding as evidence of your organization's track record.


Community Foundations
The Community Foundations listed below, not necessary comprehensive, support programs and projects in education, human services, health, cultural arts, and other civic concerns.

Company / Corporate Foundations

  • Alabama Power
    Some questions asked include does the project address a need in at least education, community life, or arts and culture; could the project lead to permanent, enduring improvements in a community; will a diverse group collaborate on a project to achieve common goals; can the program or idea be duplicated in other communities; does the submitting organization clearly demonstrate sound fiscal management accountability; could the organization attract multiple sources of support for the project; and does the project address underserved segments of the population?

  • Altec/Styslinger Foundation
    Birmingham, Alabama

  • BBVA Compass Foundation

  • Ben May Charitable Trust

  • Caring Foundation

  • Energen Foundation

  • Joy and Bill Harbert Foundation
    Birmingham, Alabama

  • McWane Foundation

  • Protective Life Foundation

  • Raymond J. and Kathryn D. Harbert Foundation
    (205) 987-5605

  • Thompson Foundation, Inc.
    Birmingham, Alabama

  • Vulcan Materials Company Foundation

Family Foundations

Independent Foundations


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State Agencies


Alabama Humanities Foundation
The Humanities Foundation supports public humanities projects. Some project types funded have included exhibition design and production; lecture/discussion programs; community forums or town meetings to encourage public debate and discussion; teacher’s seminars, institutes, workshops and more.


Alabama State Council on the Arts
The Council on the Arts Project grants provide support for a wide range of activities including festivals, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and/or the creation and production of art as well as the development of touring activities.


Alabama Tourism (Sweet Home Alabama offers matching grants for website)
Tourism through this grant promotes travel and vacation business to Alabama. Use of funds includes brochures (see qualifications; tourism promotes websites or free smartphone apps; and advertising.


Alabama Historical Commission (AHC/SHPO)
AHC will administer a $300,000 state-funded grant Program in fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018), for capital improvements at historic sites throughout Alabama. Grant amounts will not exceed $50,000 for any one entity.


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Federal Agencies


National Archives – National Historical Publications & Records Commission
The NHPRC promotes the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. Some upcoming grant deadlines include Access to Historical Records; Major Initiatives; Archives Leadership Institute; Public Engagement with Historical Records; and Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The NEH is an independent promotes excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individuals scholars to strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges; facilitate research and original scholarship; provide opportunities for lifelong learning; preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources; and strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.


NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions for more than a decade. These grants help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $6,000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, purchase of preservation supplies and equipment, training and workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2018.


Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS)
IMLS seeks to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civil engagement. They provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. IMLS supports the full range of libraries, including public, academic, research, special and tribal, and the full range of museums including art, history, science and technology, children’s museums, historical societies, tribal museums, planetariums, botanic gardens and zoos.


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