New Opportunity for Pandemic Relief Grants

Beginning September 15 and with a deadline of October 1, Humanities Nebraska will again be accepting grant applications from Nebraska museums, historic sites and other cultural nonprofit organizations for pandemic relief funds. Funding for these grants has been provided by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in an unprecedented special distribution designed to help support Nebraska’s arts and humanities organizations by keeping their doors open and staff employed, while investing in delivering programming in innovative ways.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment funds are distributed to their two member partners, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council. These two organizations in turn provide funding to arts and humanities organizations across the state. Humanities Nebraska will manage
distributions of $150,000.

Eligible organizations include:

  • Non-profits with 501(c) status
  • Public institutions of higher education
  • State and local government agencies
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments

Those who apply to Humanities Nebraska for these grants must demonstrate that a commitment to public humanities is a significant component of the organization’s overall mission. The National Endowment for the Humanities has defined the humanities as including (but not limited to) history, literature, languages, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, archaeology, ethics, the social sciences when they employ humanistic perspectives, and the history, theory, and criticism of the arts.

Eligible organizations may request up to $10,000 in unrestricted funding to assist with programs, retention of staff, and general operating support during the COVID-19 crisis. Based on the number of applications expected, awards will generally be made in the range of $1,000 to $5,000, depending on organizational budget size, but in some circumstances may be higher. This grant does not require a match or cost-share.

The CARES Act grant application period has ended.