Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program

Curtis H. Sykes (December 21, 1930 - September 9, 2007) was instrumental in the establishment of the Black History Commission of Arkansas.
The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program offers grants to fund projects related to African American history 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

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 program is currently accepting grant applications following the normal grant application cycle, the deadlines for which 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 encouraged to review the Sykes Program presentation provided here, and are strongly encouraged to attend one of the quarterly grant workshops sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission.  All workshops are held at the Arkansas History Commission, 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:

September 12, 2015

December 12, 2015

March 12, 2016

June 11, 2016