COVID-19 Emergency Funds

Relief funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

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*Applications are now closed.

Oregon Humanities is one of fifty-six organizations receiving emergency relief funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, distributed to state humanities councils by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Oregon Humanities will make $450,000 in grants for general operating or project/program support to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 National Emergency and Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order. Grants will be distributed in sums of $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000 based on organizational budget size. Grant funds are to support operations and programming costs associated with an organization's cultural/humanities programming.

The priority review deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, May 10, 2020. Any funds still available after the May 10 priority deadline will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds run out. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application no later than June 1, 2020.

Timeline

  • Application opens: April 29, 2020
  • Application deadline: May 10, 2020
  • Applicants notified: No later than June 1, 2020

Eligibility

These funds are intended to support organizations and tribes in Oregon that include community and culture in their scope of work, including but not limited to the following:

  • Museums or historical societies

  • Libraries or archives

  • Literary or media organizations

  • Culture building or preservation organizations

  • Civic engagement organizations

  • Visual or performing arts organizations 

  • Direct service providers

  • Community centers/community-based organizations

All current and past Oregon Humanities Public Programs Grants or Responsive Program Grants awardees are eligible for this fund. We encourage organizations new to Oregon Humanities to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements. 

Applicants must:

  • be one of Oregon’s federally recognized tribes or an active 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in Oregon. Organizations will need to provide a copy of their Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 501(c)(3) determination letter in order for their application to be reviewed.

  • have an annual budget under $1.5 million prior to March 13, 2020 (pre-COVID).

  • do or promote cultural or humanities work.

  • have a DUNS Number. (Any organization can easily register for a DUNS Number here.) Applicants DO NOT need to register with the System of Award Management.

  • be able to complete an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) W-9 form in order to receive payment. 

  • be financially impacted by the COVID-19 National Emergency and Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order in ways such as—but not limited to—the following:

    • Attendance or ticket income loss

    • Event/programming/sponsorship postponement or cancelations affecting organizational income

    • Expenses related to permanent staff, organizational operations, or programming caused by Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order

    • Other financial impacts related to the COVID-19 National Emergency and Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order.

All grant applications will be reviewed by a team of staff and Oregon Humanities board members.

* Please review the guidelines' latest updates at the bottom of this page for further clarifications.

Grant Size

Grant tiers are based on an organization’s “pre-COVID 19” budget as follows:

  • budgets under $100,000 will be eligible for a $5,000 grant.  

  • budgets between $100,001 and $500,000 will be eligible for a $7,500 grant.

  • budgets between $500,001 and $1,500,000 will be eligible for a $10,000 grant.

A total of 65 grants will be made to 65 Oregon-based organizations. An organization can only apply for one grant. The number of grants available for each amount are

  • 30 grants of $5,000

  • 20 grants of $7,500

  • 15 grants of $10,000

Funding Priorities:

Oregon Humanities is committed to funding organizations across Oregon that have been affected by the COVID-19 National Emergency. Knowing that we have limited grant funds to award and are committed to funding organizations and communities that have historically been most severely affected by recessions, we are prioritizing funding to organizations that are based in and led by rural communities and/or communities of color.

Oregon Humanities is committed to intentionally challenging and dismantling disproportionately oppressive systems. We devise and implement policies that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to build a culture of transparency, trust, and accountability in the work we do internally and externally.

Requirements of grantees

  • Grant funds may be spent on any of the following: 

    • general operating support

    • permanent staffing

    • projects and programming

  • Funds must be spent between May 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.

  • A grant report that includes a short narrative and budget report will be required no later than November 30, 2021.

  • The award must not be spent on any of the restricted expenses listed below.

  • There are no fund-matching requirements or public event reporting requirements.

Funding Restrictions

Organizations who receive funds must not spend the OH grant funds on the following:

  • promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view

  • advocacy for a particular program of social or political action

  • support of specific public policies or legislation

  • lobbying

  • purchase of land or facilities, construction, or renovation

  • subawards funded in whole or in part with federal funds to organizations that do not have a universal entity identifier (currently a DUNS number)

  • overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding

  • creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; or empirically based social science research or policy studies

Application

If your organization meets the eligibility and grantee requirements you are encouraged to complete the short application at the link below.

Please be prepared to upload:  a copy of your organization’s Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination letter as proof of your organization’s status;  a completed W-9 form for the applicant organization; and your organization’s last board approved budget prior to March 13, 2020.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

If you have questions about the fund or need support while applying please contact our program coordinators: Kyle Weismann-Yee at kyle@oregonhumanities.org or 971-361-9883, or Louisa Mariki at l.mariki@oregonhumanities.org.


*Updates: This section will be updated as needed to bring more clarifications as community members send us their inquiries. (Last Update on May 4, 2020)

Budget size:

  1. Capital campaigns: If your organization has a one-time capital campaign in their current budget, those expenses will be exempt from the organization’s budget size when considering eligibility for Oregon Humanities COVID-19 Emergency Funds. Please attach an approved narrative signed by an authorizing official with your budget when you upload your application explaining this expense.

  2. Pass-through funds: If your organization has one-time pass-through funds in the current budget—such as regranting—please attach an approved narrative signed by an authorizing official with your budget when you upload your application. If the pass-through funds are an ongoing program, then those expenses will be included in the organization’s budget size when considering eligibility for Oregon Humanities COVID-19 Emergency Funds. 

  3. Both revenue and expenditure may not be greater than $1.5 million.

Fiscal Sponsor and Nonprofit status:

  1. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations registered in Oregon, and Oregon’s federally recognized tribes are eligible.

  2. Applicants are not able to apply with a fiscal sponsor for these funds.

Use of funds:

  1. Grant funds are to support operations and programming costs associated with an organization's cultural/humanities programming.

Receiving support from other emergency funds:

  1. Applicants are still eligible to apply and receive Oregon Humanities COVID-19 Emergency Funds while applying and receiving other emergency funding from programs such as the Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program, or any other emergency grants and funding.

Application deadline and funds:

  1. Due to the current high number of applications for these funds, we are making our final deadline as May 10 without possibility for rolling deadlines. 
     
  2. Funds are limited and we will allocate them to the best of our abilities to the organizations that aligned with all of the guidelines and eligibility criteria listed above.

Find additional regional and national resources in the links below: 

Comments

6 comments have been posted.

Hi, I was also disappointed to only learn about these funds shortly before the app deadline. Too short to make something happen with the "COVID delay" factor in our institution. If there's a chance for a second wave of funding, that would be amazing. Our CCC will be starved for funds next year, and the Foundation which supports our Humanities outreach will be similarly strapped. Meanwhile, we are putting in the hours and attracting the audiences for adapative programming related to the OhM mission. In an underserved rural community. Please let us know if there are any other funding options. Thanks for all you do!

Nancy Cook | May 2020 | https://www.clatsopcc.edu/event/thursday-night-live-with-ccc/

I have been waiting for this program to open & did not receive any notification about it. We have missed the deadline for our small nonprofit community theater company. We have had to cancel our July fundraiser, and am not certain that we will be able to hold a performance in November. We desperately could have used the $5,000 for our ongoing operating costs. I am so disappointed that we were not notified.

edith moro | May 2020 | Junction City, Oregon

Jessanyn, funds may not be used to cover "overlapping costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding." There's no prohibition on one organization applying to both funds for different projects or programs.

Ben Waterhouse | April 2020 |

If an organization is applying for the NEA CARES funding are they also able to apply for this NEH funding? Thanks!

Jessamyn | April 2020 | Astoria, OR

Jennifer, the application will go live on Wednesday, April 29.

Ben Waterhouse | April 2020 |

where do we get an application. The website only says click back for application. Thank you

Jennifer Bonnell | April 2020 |

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