Past Grant Initiatives

2020 Relief Grants

Humanities Texas is grateful to have had the opportunity to offer over $1.1M in emergency funding to 198 Texas cultural and educational nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. These Relief Grants were made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities received as part of the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Relief Grant recipients include museums, libraries, preservation organizations, and heritage and cultural centers, among many others. These organizations administer humanities programs that have significant impact within their communities and demonstrated immediate need as a result of the pandemic.

Relief Grants were available for both general operating support and humanities programming. Between now and June 2021, funding will enable recipients to pay overhead costs, retain staff, shift in-person programming to online, and make resources available to those who depend on them for education and connection. Humanities Texas accepted applications on a rolling basis from April 27–June 9, 2020. A complete list of recipients is available for download.

Administering Your Relief Grant

Grant Agreement

Your grant agreement is attached to the email you received announcing your award. Review it carefully, confirming the grant period, the payment and reporting terms, and the administrative requirements. Have the project’s Authorizing Official and Fiscal Officer sign the grant agreement and return it to Humanities Texas within fifteen days of receipt. Signed grant agreements can be accepted via mail (1410 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701) or email ( E-signatures are accepted. Keep a copy for your records.


Humanities Texas will disburse Relief Grant funds to sponsoring organizations in a single payment, made upon our receipt of the signed Grant Agreement but not before the beginning date of the grant period. No payments can be issued until the signed Grant Agreement is received.

Grant Period

All expenditures must occur within the grant period listed in your Grant Agreement. Please be in touch with Humanities Texas staff should you need to adjust your grant period. Your end date may be no later than June 30, 2021.

Acknowledgment of Support

Recipients of Humanities Texas grant funds must acknowledge Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities as donors in their current fiscal year in all printed and electronic materials, including advertisements and publicity materials, and whenever written or verbal presentations are made. Here are several options for credit lines:

  • "Funding for these grants has been provided by Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal CARES Act."
  • "Funding has been provided to [grantee] from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020."
  • "This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal CARES Act."

Please remember to also include the Humanities Texas logo, the NEH federal seal, and the disclaimer language applicable to all NEH-funded projects, events, and grants: "All opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities."

Further information about acknowledging NEH support is available on the NEH website. The Humanities Texas logo and NEH logo are both available for download. Please be in touch with Humanities Texas staff should you have any questions.

Changes to Your Plans

Significant changes to the use of Relief Grant funds as outlined in your application require prior approval by Humanities Texas staff. Changes that violate funding guidelines will not be approved. Please be in touch with our grants staff to discuss any questions at

Staying in Touch

Humanities Texas staff will be in touch periodically over the course of your grant period with administrative reminders and requests for updates on your work.

Final Report

Complete and submit the Relief Grant final report form within 90 days of the end of your grant period.


Please direct questions about Relief Grants to Humanities Texas grants staff at

Geographic distribution of 198 Relief Grant recipients.

Questions about Grants

Call 512.440.1991 or email