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American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Tribes to Provide Financial Assistance
to Humanities Organizations and Professionals Impacted by COVID-19

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

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Deadline Date:

05/13/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits and Native American entities to administer financial assistance programs for humanities organizations and professionals that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Required registrations may take up to one month to complete.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking program. The purpose of this emergency relief program is to fund grantmaking programs to assist those working in the humanities who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and require support to restore and sustain their core activities. This Notice of Funding Opportunity is directed at grantmaking organizations that support small and mid-size humanities organizations or individuals who work in the humanities. 

The American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking program invites applications from organizations ​experienced at providing grants at a national or regional (i.e., multi-state) level to administer competitive grantmaking programs for humanities organizations or individuals who work in the humanities.

Applicants may propose a new grantmaking program or to expand or adapt an existing program. The program may be for either organizations or for individuals, but not for both. The proposed grantmaking program may include multiple tracks for applicants (e.g., for junior scholars and senior scholars; for museums and archives). NEH especially encourages applications for grantmaking programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the humanities.

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For information on grantmaking programs for organizations, see

For information on grantmaking programs for individuals, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195448

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 15-20 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award amount Up to $2,000,000 for grantmaking programs for individuals; up to $5,000,000 for grantmaking programs for organizations.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is two years. Your project must start either September 1, 2021 or October 1, 2021 and end on August 31, 2023 or September 30, 2023.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible under this notice, applicants must:
1.) Be either a U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or federally recognized Native American tribal government; and
2.) Currently administer a competitive grantmaking program to organizations or individuals in the humanities.

Accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, units of state and local government, and individuals are not eligible to apply, but are eligible as subrecipients.

The 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils and interim partners are not eligible to apply under this notice and are not eligible as subrecipients.

Foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply under this notice and are not eligible as subrecipients.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application available: April 7, 2021
- Application due: May 13, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be received by the deadline.
- Expected notification date: September 1, 2021
- Project start date: September 1, 2021 October 1, 2021

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number and registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete. NEH has relaxed the requirement for active SAM registration at time of application for the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking program. Current registrants in SAM with active registrations expiring between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021 will automatically be afforded a one-time extension of 180 days.

An applicant may not submit multiple applications under this notice.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about the program, contact the Agency-Wide Programs Team at

For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact

National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8400 Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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