Grants

Relief Grants
 

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

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


Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations and state and local governmental entities are eligible to apply for Humanities Texas Relief Grants. Eligible applicants must be located in the state of Texas, serve Texas audiences, and develop and administer public humanities programming.

Small and/or rural organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligible Costs

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

What Are the Humanities?

According to NEH, humanities subjects include history, literature, modern and classical languages, linguistics, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social sciences that employ qualitative approaches such as cultural anthropology, archaeology, and political science are considered part of the humanities, as are interdisciplinary areas such as women’s studies, American studies, and the study of folklore and folklife. The humanities do not include the creation or performance of art, creative writing, social science research, public policy, or social services.

Grant Amounts

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 amount of $15,000. Relief Grants have no matching requirement.

Deadlines and Application Process

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions will be communicated via email typically within ten business days of application submission. Apply now.

Funding Priorities

Humanities Texas Relief Grants are intended to provide support to organizations that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Hence, demonstration of need is a key focus of the application. In order to receive funds you must show that as a result of the pandemic, your organization has suffered hardship. This may include loss of significant revenue, loss of staff, difficulty paying rent or mortgage, inability to serve your target audience, and/or risk of closure.

All grant awards will be selected in open competition. Humanities Texas will prioritize awarding Relief Grants to organizations that 1) demonstrate great, immediate need as a result of COVID-19, and 2) administer humanities programs that have a significant impact in Texas communities.

Application Requirements

Not Eligible for Funding

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political or advocacy organizations
  • Organizations that are suspended or debarred or that are delinquent on federal debt
  • Purchase of land or facilities, construction, or renovation
  • Overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding
  • Projects that fall outside of the humanities

Webinars

Humanities Texas staff held weekly webinars in April and May to discuss Relief Grants and additional funding opportunities provided by Humanities Texas, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other entities. Watch a recording of the most recent Relief Grants webinar online.

Questions

Please direct questions about Relief Grants to Humanities Texas grants staff at grants@humanitiestexas.org

Questions about Grants

Call 512.440.1991 or email grants@humanitiestexas.org

Relief Grants Webinar

Humanities Texas staff held weekly webinars in April and May to discuss Relief Grants and additional funding opportunities provided by Humanities Texas, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other entities. Watch a recording of the most recent Relief Grants webinar online.