Kindling Conversation brings people together for short, thoughtful discussions on themes central to life in Alaska. A facilitator, chosen by your group, leads a conversation for 5-30 participants using the materials supplied by the Alaska Humanities Forum.


Anyone may host a Community Conversation. Individuals, tax-exempt organizations, and schools in Alaska are eligible to receive a $200 stipend to help defray the cost of hosting the program. You receive the funds after hosting the event and submitting participant surveys and a short final report.

If you have questions about finding a facilitator for your conversation, please contact us at


Kindling Conversation gatherings may be scheduled at any time of the year. Applications must be submitted at least 1 week prior to a scheduled event.

Kindling Conversation Stipend recipients must host their community conversation within 3 months of receiving notification of acceptance.


Conversation hosts must apply for a stipend before hosting a conversation. Applications received after the conversation has been held will not be considered. In order to be eligible for the $200 Stipend, the community conversation must be at least an hour-long and have at least five participants apart from the facilitator/host. The organization must acknowledge the Alaska Humanities Forum in event promotion and during the event itself. Finally, the organization must submit a short final report within 3 weeks of the completion of the conversation. This final report includes attendance information, evaluation surveys to be completed by conversation participants, and a brief (<500 words) reflection by the facilitator. Photographs are encouraged but not required.


The Kindling Conversations Stipend is an unrestricted stipend to defray the cost of promoting, hosting, and facilitating the event. The Stipend recipient may choose to use the grant to cover food, advertising, printing, facilitation, or facilities fees, or anything else.


At this time, we are offering only one Stipend per organization or individual. Stipend recipients may contact the grants office if they wish to host additional conversations after submitting their final report to see if there are funds available for additional sessions.

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