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American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to Support
Humanities Programs Negatively Impacted by COVID-19

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Deadline Date:

05/14/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, agencies, IHEs, and Native American tribal governments to support humanities projects and activities that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health 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 Organizations program. In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the purpose of this emergency relief program is 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.

This program invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for humanities positions and projects that have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, academic presses, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other humanities 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 American Rescue Plan, applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities. 

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)

For NEH areas of interest, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195449

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 150 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award amount:
- 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.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is one year, with a start date no earlier than October 1, 2021, and no later than January 1, 2022.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include 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.

NEH especially encourages applications from underserved and minority-serving institutions and organizations.

The 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils and interim partners are not eligible to apply under this notice. State and jurisdictional humanities councils will receive American Rescue Plan funds directly as a supplement to their general operating support grants. Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available April 7, 2021
- Application due May 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be received by the deadline.
- Expected notification date September 1, 2021
- Project start date October 1, 2021 January 1, 2022 will be down for system updates starting Saturday May 15, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time. As such, NEH strongly encourages applicants to submit their proposals well before the deadline.

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

CFDA Number:

45.149, 45.161, 45.162, 45.164, and 45.169

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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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