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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced new grant guidelines designed to rapidly distribute CARES Act funding to cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

This new funding opportunity,  NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations , will provide grants of up to $300,000 to sustain humanities organizations and preserve jobs in the cultural sector.

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations  emergency relief grants provide up to $300,000 to cultural nonprofits to support a range of humanities activities across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research through December 31, 2020.
Funding may be used for short-term activities that emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff at cultural organizations across the country to maintain or adapt critical programs during the pandemic. The deadline to apply is May 11, 2020.  Application guidelines  are available on the NEH website. Applicants will be informed of funding decisions by June 2020.

NEH has already distributed nearly $30 million of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to 55 states and U.S. territories through state and jurisdictional humanities councils to support local cultural groups and educational programming. Many of the councils are  already awarding grants .

If you would like to know more about this funding opportunity, please join us for a  webinar   on Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. EDT . NEH staff will provide an overview of these grants and answer any questions you may have. You can  register for the webinar now .

Public Law 89-209 – Sept. 29, 1965
SEC. 3. As used in this Act— The term "humanities" includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modem and classic; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archeology; the history, criticism, theory, and practice of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.