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National Endowment For The Humanities (NEH)

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Grants from $30,000 to $300,000 based on organizational operating budget


Visit www.NEH.gov/program/neh-cares-cultural-organizations to access more information about this resource. The National Endowment For The Humanities (NEH) invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.  In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff.

As detailed in the Supplemental Funding FAQ on the NEH web site, the NEH $75 million in supplemental emergency funding supports at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries, and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and other cultural nonprofits that have been financially affected by the coronavirus. Approximately 40 percent of the appropriation, or $30 million, goes directly to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils, based on the standard population formula used for their annual appropriation.

The remaining 60 percent, or $45 million, supports at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and other cultural nonprofits that have been financially affected by the coronavirus. All NEH supplemental funds must be obligated to projects by September 30, 2021.