2021 Relief Grants

Humanities Texas 2021 Relief Grants are designed to help Texas museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, and other humanities-focused organizations respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 2021 Relief Grants are made possible by the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March 2021. The application deadline is September 3, 2021.

This is Humanities Texas's second round of COVID-19 pandemic relief grants, the first of which we awarded through the CARES Act in spring 2020. While our regular grants support public programming in the humanities, our relief grants will primarily support operational expenses. Humanities Texas recognizes the severe economic impact that the pandemic has had on cultural organizations throughout the state. The 2021 Relief Grants are intended to help alleviate the financial burden that these organizations have endured, and to help them respond to the pandemic going forward. 


Eligible for Funding

Eligibility is limited to Texas-based nonprofit organizations (as reported to the IRS and with an existing EIN), accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education (as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1001), state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments. Applicants must have a DUNS number and offer public humanities programming. 

Our 2021 Relief Grants can cover operations and programming expenses related to COVID-19 pandemic recovery at humanities-focused organizations—that is, organizations that make humanities research, education, and programming a major part of their work. Organizations that are not humanities focused but do offer public humanities programming may request 2021 Relief Grant support only for costs related to the administration of their humanities programs. 

Not Eligible for Funding

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political or advocacy organizations
  • Organizations not based in Texas

Guidelines and Forms

We encourage all applicants to read the 2021 Relief Grant guidelines, FAQ, and evaluation rubric before beginning the application process. These materials are included in printable form below for reference. Contact our staff if you would like us to send you paper copies of any of the files available here. Please visit our guidelines page for more information. A web version of the FAQ can be found here.

How to Apply

The 2021 Relief Grant application closed on September 3, 2021.

Applicants will be asked to register before they can complete the application. Applicants will receive an email from with a link to their application. The application can be saved for later and revisited as often as is needed by using the emailed link. Please retain the email throughout the application process until your grant application is submitted.

Be sure to include all required attachments and answer questions clearly and with enough detail to provide Humanities Texas with a full understanding of your organizational mission, your humanities programs, how your organization was impacted by the pandemic, and how you propose to spend Relief Grant funds.

A viewable PDF copy of the application can be found here. This copy is only for reference, all applications must be submitted online.

How Funding Decisions Will Be Made

Humanities Texas will assemble a diverse review committee of scholars and public humanities professionals. Proposals will be assessed according to the following evaluation rubric.

Humanities Texas will evaluate applications for the 2021 Relief Grants on the strength of the applicant organization's humanities mission and programming, the audiences the organization serves, a clear demonstration of need, and the presentation of a plan to fully and thoughtfully use Relief Grant support to respond to or recover from the pandemic. Humanities Texas will give special consideration to organizations in traditionally underserved areas of the state, organizations that have not been consistently served by Humanities Texas, and organizations with limited funding and staff.

Apply for a 2021 Relief Grant

The Humanities Texas 2021 Relief Grant is now closed. Applicants will receive further information via email.


Email or schedule a phone call with our grants team. Please see the Zoom scheduling option below if a video call is preferred.

Zoom Meetings

Video calls are best suited for applicants who need a walkthrough of the application or help with technical issues.

Watch a Webinar Recording

Click below to watch a recording of our 2021 Relief Grant Webinar that was presented on August 10, 2021.