2021 Relief Grants

Humanities Texas 2021 Relief Grants were 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 were 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 was September 3, 2021. 

This was 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 primarily supported operational expenses. Humanities Texas recognized the severe economic impact that the pandemic has had on cultural organizations throughout the state. The 2021 Relief Grants were intended to help alleviate the financial burden that these organizations have endured, and to help them respond to the pandemic going forward. 

Humanities Texas is no longer accepting applications. We are currently reviewing the more than 300 applications submitted and will be in touch with applicants in November about funding decisions.


Eligible for Funding

Eligibility was 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 could 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 were not humanities focused but did offer public humanities programming could 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

The 2021 Relief Grant guidelines, FAQ, and evaluation rubric used 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.

How Funding Decisions Will Be Made

Humanities Texas has assembled 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.

2021 Relief Grant Application

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