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AUGUST 2, 2021

Humanities Texas to Provide Relief Grants for Texas Nonprofits Recovering from the Pandemic

AUSTIN, TX: Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and educational institutions facing financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic to apply for 2021 Relief Grants.

Nonprofit organizations administering public humanities programs are eligible to apply. Applicants may request funds for general operating support or humanities programming.

Humanities Texas 2021 Relief Grants are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law on March 11, 2021.

"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."

The submission deadline is September 3, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their application status beginning November 8, 2021.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected our state’s 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 about the 2021 Relief Grants throughout August. Staff will also hold individual consultations over Zoom with prospective applicants to discuss their applications. Applicants can schedule these meetings via the Humanities Texas website.

The Relief Grant application and webinar registration are available on the Humanities Texas website at


Humanities Texas, based in Austin, Texas, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.

Questions about Grants

Call 512.440.1991 or email