Thursday, November 29, 2018

Grant Applications Open!

We are now taking applications for the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program! The deadline to submit an application for this cycle is Jan. 2.

Tatyana Oyinloye, African American 
history program coordinator
Anyone interested should call 501-682-6892 or email Tatyana Oyinloye at We also are planning workshops to help applicants through the process. Visit our website for an application!

This grant is open to individuals and groups and supports preservation efforts and public programming projects related to African American history in Arkansas. 

The Black History Commission of Arkansas has funded five grants this fiscal year, which started July 1. The grants are:

  • Lake View “Heritage Space”
  • Scipio Africanus Jones: an Introduction for Arkansas Children to the 1919 Racial Turmoil around Elaine, Arkansas
  • The location and gravesite marker for Clay and Mary Baylor
  • The Black History Quiz Bowl
  • Preserving our History/Archive

The Sykes grant has funded more than 90 projects with more than $250,000 overall in the past 15 years. Past projects have included historical research, exhibits, workshops, publications, oral history interviews, documentary films and cemetery preservation and documentation.

The maximum amount for the grant is $3,500 per project.

The deadlines for the grant application cycles are:
  • Jan. 2
  • April 2
  • July 2
  • Oct. 2