October 6, 2021

NEH Awards $28.8 Million in ARP Funding to 13 Grantmaking Organizations to Provide Financial Relief to Humanities Non-Profits and Professionals Affected by the Pandemic

Thirteen new grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will provide $28.8 million to experienced grantmakers to administer competitive grantmaking programs that will assist cultural and educational organizations and professionals in recovering from the financial impacts of the pandemic.

A subset of the $87.8 million in NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (#SHARP) funding announced today, these ARP: Humanities Grantmaking awards will fund six grantmaking programs for individuals and seven grantmaking programs for organizations. Collectively these awards will provide financial relief to approximately 145 individuals and as many as 625 organizations in the form of subawards and fellowships.

Consult this NEH webpage for additional information on these 13 SHARP-supported grantmaking competitions and calls for applications.  

“NEH is pleased to work with thirteen exceptional grantmaking organizations to distribute American Rescue Plan funding to humanities professionals and cultural and educational institutions suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic,” said NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson. “Their specialized knowledge of specific humanities disciplines, professions, and sectors will ensure that these relief funds reach those most in need of assistance, and strengthen the nation’s humanities infrastructure by investing in forward-looking programs and initiatives that contribute to a robust, resilient, and inclusive humanities sector.”


Three SHARP grantmaking awards aimed at supporting media professionals whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-related financial losses and production delays will create opportunities for more than 75 humanities documentary filmmakers. Firelight Media, co-founded by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson, will administer a fellowship program to deliver financial relief to mid-career Black, Indigenous, and filmmakers of color whose work on historical or humanities-focused documentary film projects was disrupted by the pandemic. An award to Sundance Institute will provide stipends to 20 independent nonfiction media-makers working on humanities projects. And a grant to Independent Television Service will sustain 20 filmmakers working with humanities scholars and content advisers on developing documentaries for public television.

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