COVID-19 Emergency SHARP Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities: Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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Oregon Humanities is one of the fifty-four state and jurisdictional humanities councils receiving a portion of $51.6 million in emergency relief funding to support local cultural groups and public and educational humanities programming adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This funding is a part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Oregon Humanities will offer at least $675,000 in grants for 1) general operating support for humanities-focused organizations and 2) humanities program support to institutions that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 in the following categories:

  • Oregon nonprofit organizations (as reported to the IRS and with an existing EIN) with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education
  • State and local government agencies
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments

Applicants must have a 2021 operating budget under $1,500,000 unless the applicant is a federally recognized Native American tribal government. Applications are due August 27 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. 

Two grant types are available: SHARP General Operating Support Grants and SHARP Project Support Grants

Applicants are limited to making a single application for funding by choosing either a SHARP General Operating Support Grant or a SHARP Project Support Grant. 

Learn more about these grants, eligibility, and how to apply in this video.

Contents

  1. Purpose of SHARP Funding
  2. Funding Priority Groups
  3. Grant Types
  4. SHARP General Operating Support Grants
  5. SHARP Project Support Grants

Purpose of SHARP Funding

The primary purpose of SHARP funding is to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and/or recover from the coronavirus. This funding is intended to help the humanities community recover from the economic burdens of the pandemic, enable the reopening of humanities institutions and programs, and support the retention of the humanities workforce. Applicants should address how they have been adversely impacted by the pandemic in their grant applications, consistent with the purposes of the American Rescue Plan. Applicants should clearly articulate their needs for funding and the ways that receiving funding would support their work.

Funding Priority Groups

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 underserved, we prioritize funding to the following:

  • Organizations based in and led by rural communities (We use the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s definition of rural as locations in Oregon ten or more miles from the center of a population center of 40,000 people or more.)
  • Organizations led by Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color (BIPOC) communities

However, all applications are welcome regardless of an organization’s size, location, leadership, or audience. Additionally, we encourage any organizations new to Oregon Humanities to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements.

If you have questions about the grant application or your eligibility, need additional support, or if this information isn’t accessible for you, please contact Dawn Smallman, Grants and Programs Coordinator, for assistance. Email: d.smallman@oregonhumanities.org. Phone: (503) 241-0543, ext. 110

Grant Types

SHARP General Operating Support Grants

Available for humanities-focused organizations only. These grants support general operating costs.

"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." —National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended.

Eligible applicants can submit grant applications for up to a $20,000 grant award.

This grant is open to humanities-focused organizations in the following categories that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Oregon nonprofit organizations (as reported to the IRS and with an existing EIN) with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education
  • State and local government agencies
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments

Applicants must have a 2021 operating budget under $1,500,000 unless the applicant is a federally recognized Native American tribal government.

Read the SHARP General Operating Support Grants Summary document for more information about eligibility and what we can and cannot fund.

Applications Open Now!

If your organization meets the eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to complete the online application by using our online application portal. Applications are only accepted through this portal. Please note that you can save your application as you work on it in stages. 

Applications are due August 27 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. 

Click here to apply for a SHARP General Operating Support Grant

SHARP Project Support Grants

Available to any organization creating humanities-focused projects or programs, even if they are not primarily humanities-focused in mission.

"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." —National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended.

Eligible applicants can submit grant applications for up to a $20,000 grant award.  

This grant is open to any organizations in the following categories that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Oregon nonprofit organizations (as reported to the IRS and with an existing EIN) with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education
  • State and local government agencies
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments

Applicants must have a 2021 operating budget under $1,500,000 unless the applicant is a federally recognized Native American tribal government.

Read the SHARP Project Support Grants Summary document for more information about eligibility and what we can and cannot fund.

Applications Open Now!

If your organization meets the eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to complete the online application by using our online application portal. Applications are only accepted through this portal. Please note that you can save your application as you work on it in stages.

Applications are due August 27 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. 

Click here to apply for a SHARP Project Support Grant

If you have questions about the grant application or your eligibility, need additional support, or if this information isn’t accessible for you, please contact Dawn Smallman, Grants and Programs Coordinator, for assistance. Email: d.smallman@oregonhumanities.org. Phone: (503) 241-0543, ext. 110

Read about the criteria and selection standards used for reviewing applications for these grant here.

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