National Endowment for the Humanities: American Rescue Plan – Humanities Organizations

The American Rescue Plan – Humanities Organizations initiative aims to assist institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities. Grants will be awarded to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, academic presses, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other humanities organizations to help them continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applications from underserved and minority-serving institutions and organizations are especially encouraged.

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to:

  • personnel costs (salaries and fringe benefits) for individuals employed by the applicant and dedicated to the proposed activities
  • fees for consultants and contractors
  • supplies and materials necessary to carry out the proposed activities
  • equipment necessary to carry out the proposed activities (not to exceed 20 percent of the total funds requested)
  • general operating support (typically recovered through indirect costs)

Note: Applicants may request pre-award costs as long as they were incurred no earlier than March 15, 2021.

While all applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the review criteria, NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following area: A More Perfect Union – Exploring America’s Story and Commemorating its 250th Anniversary. This initiative encourages projects that explore, reflect on, and tell the stories of our quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society throughout our history. Projects that bring the perspective of the humanities to questions of racial justice, gender equality, the evolution of the American landscape, as well as America’s place in the world are welcomed. Projects that strengthen Americans’ knowledge of the principles of constitutional governance and democracy are strongly encouraged, as are projects that address the experiences of Native Americans and other under-represented communities. In addition, projects that develop innovative approaches to sustaining the nation’s humanities infrastructure and preserving its historical record are also sought.

Amount: Approximately $40,00,000 is available to make 150 awards for a performance period of one year. Applicants may apply for an amount based on the average size of their total annual operating costs for the three most recently completed fiscal years (see solicitation for details). Funding levels are as follows:

  • Level I: Organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $1,000,000 may request up to $50,000.
  • Level II: Organizations with an annual operating budget of between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 may request up to $200,000.
  • Level III: Organizations with an annual operating budget of greater than $10,000,000 may request up to $500,000.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Deadline: May 14, 2021


Resource Information
Funder National Endowment for the Humanities
Eligibility Institutes of Higher Education, Local Government, Nonprofit Organization, State Government, Tribal Government
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Sector Arts & Humanities, COVID-19 Emergency Response
Grant Amount up to $500,000
Deadline Closed