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Support Operations During and After the Coronavirus Crisis

Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) - General Operating Support Grants for Volunteer-Run Organizations

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Grants of up to $7,500 to Washington nonprofit humanities organizations to support general operations during and after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist volunteer-run nonprofits that provide humanities programs and are responding to or recovering from the pandemic. Grants may be used for general operating expenses and specific humanities projects. Organizations led by and serving underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligible SHARP General Operating Support Grant expenses include:

  • Humanities programming
  • General operating costs of humanities-focused organizations, such as rent, mortgage, and utilities.
  • Strategic planning and capacity-building efforts related to responding to and recovering from the effects of the coronavirus.
  • Technical/consultant needs related to a digital transition or in support of preservation and access programs (please see below for limitations on expenses related to equipment).
  • Expansion, due to the effects of the coronavirus, of outdoor and virtual humanities programming and activities, from traditional environments to those that are more accessible.
  • Equity assessments and planning related to coronavirus and the economic crisis.

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GrantWatch ID#: 198901

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $7,500

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start: No later than January 1, 2022
- Period of Performance End: December 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) organizations registered in Washington, including those affiliated with tribal organizations, are eligible to apply. Grants support humanities-focused organizations with an all-volunteer staff that have a track record of humanities programming and have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.

Organizations serving and led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are especially encouraged to apply. These groups include people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people who live in rural areas, people with disabilities, people who identify as immigrants or refugees, and people whose first (or only) language is not English. (Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.)

For additional eligibility information for nonprofit organizations, see:

For Ineligible SHARP General Operating Support Grant expenses see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is November 4, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by December 14.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Humanities Washington
130 Nickerson Street, Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98109

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