Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and educational institutions facing financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic to apply immediately for fast-track Relief Grants.

Nonprofit organizations and state and local governmental entities are eligible to apply. Applicants must administer humanities programs that have a significant impact in Texas communities. Small and rural organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants may request funds for general operating support or humanities programming.

"We especially need the humanities at times like these," said Chase Untermeyer of Houston, chairman of the board of Humanities Texas. "We need history to show us how people surmounted great challenges in the past and literature to give us insights into the human spirit. These grants will help keep those flames alive and glowing throughout Texas."

Humanities Texas will make immediate grants of up to $5,000 and, depending upon the availability of funds, will consider requests above this level to a maximum grant of $15,000. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected our historical and cultural organizations," said Eric Lupfer, Humanities Texas executive director. "We are pleased to provide these much-needed funds to assist organizations providing critical services to communities throughout the state."

Humanities Texas staff will hold free weekly webinars in April and May to discuss Relief Grants and other funding opportunities provided by Humanities Texas, the National Endowment for the Humanities and other entities. The next webinar will take place on Monday, May 4.

Humanities Texas Relief Grants are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.

NEH is also accepting applications from organizations affected by the pandemic. Visit the NEH website to learn more about NEH CARES Grants, which will provide awards of up to $300,000 to sustain humanities organizations and preserve jobs in the cultural sector.