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The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program offers grants that provide support for African American historic preservation and public programming projects in Arkansas, and is currently accepting applications. Past projects include historical research, exhibits, workshops, publications, oral history interviews, documentary films, and cemetery preservation and documentation.

Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Application Form

Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Guidelines

Past Grants Awarded

Application Process

The application guidelines and forms for the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant program recently have been revised.  Applicants are required to follow the revised guidelines and forms provided here for submitting applications after December 1, 2014. The deadlines for the grant application cycles are:

January 2nd
April 2nd
July 2nd
October 2nd

Individuals who are considering applying for a grant from the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grant program are strongly encouraged to review the Sykes Program presentation provided here, and to attend one of the quarterly grant workshops sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas State Archives.  All workshops are held at the Arkansas State Archives, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, and registration is required in advance.  To register for an upcoming workshop, please contact Tatyana Oyinloye, African American History Program Coordinator at 501-682-6892 or email


Upcoming Workshops Dates

December 2, 2017
March 3, 2018
June 2, 2018
September 8, 2018
December 1, 2018