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Industry Recover From the Impact of COVID-19

SSRC/NEH Sustaining Humanities Infrastructure Program (SHIP)

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Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education to help the humanities industry recover from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible expenses include staffing, operations, and programming. Priority will be given to projects and institutions that emphasize topics, themes, and approaches related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as applications from minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

Applicants should be prepared to discuss the essential role the humanities play in their organization, the impact the pandemic has had on their work, and the ways in which funding support would provide relief, sustain essential activities in response to the pandemic, or help their organization recover.

SSRC/NEH SHIP will award grants to humanities organizations seeking relief and planning for recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, offering support to the full spectrum of humanities infrastructure—the people, projects, and resources—at the core of humanities scholarship and teaching. In recognition of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on underserved communities, SSRC strongly encourages projects and institutions that emphasize topics, themes, and approaches related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as applications from minority-serving institutions (MSIs). This can take the form of programming, teaching, or research focused on issues of inequality and the role the humanities can play in understanding and addressing large shifts in culture, society, and the nation. Applicants may also propose activities that help mitigate the financial and social impact that the pandemic is having on diverse and inclusive staffing, programming, sustaining crucial humanities resources, and building and/or retaining audiences.

Applicants must address how they have been adversely impacted by the pandemic in their applications, consistent with the purposes of the American Rescue Plan. Possible areas of support include (but are not limited to):

  • Support for staffing, including students or research assistants, at a humanities center or other humanities institution whose activities are under threat due to funding restrictions related to the pandemic
  • Departmental, college, or university-level efforts to examine and produce concrete steps, including revised tenure and promotion guidelines and timelines, to address the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on humanities scholars, particularly women, people of color, caregivers, and other vulnerable populations
  • Funds to help sustain critical humanities projects that are used widely by researchers or teachers, particularly those that address inequality or reach underserved populations
  • Strengthening college and university instruction by developing, refining, or preserving online or hybrid humanities curricula to build resilience in humanities education
  • Providing essential services, programming, and support to sustain the next generation of humanities scholars (such as current humanities PhD students) in the wake of the pandemic, particularly through the lens of strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Funding to rebuild live or virtual programming to regain or expand access to humanities content for public audiences

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GrantWatch ID#: 200071

Estimated Size of Grant:

SSRC/NEH SHIP will award grants of up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may request support for a performance period of no more than one year (12 months). Projects may begin as early as April 1, 2022, and must begin no later than June 1, 2022. Projects must conclude no later than May 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Social Science Research Council, with the support of NEH, invites applications from colleges, universities, and nonprofit humanities research or educational organizations (with 501(c)(3) status) located in the United States to support staffing, programming, and operations in order to—in keeping with Congress’s intention—restore, sustain, and recover from the coronavirus.

Eligible institutions include: accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education and US nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. If an American organization located overseas receives an award, funding cannot be used to support non-US citizens. Foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible as subrecipients.

Pre-Application Information:

- Date of RFP Posting: October 7, 2021
- Deadline for submission of proposals: December 7, 2021
- Expected Announcement of Awards: March 2022
- For Projects Beginning: April 1, 2022

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