American Recovery Plan Grants Available

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce grants from the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP), made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on March 11, 2021. This program will distribute more than $940,000 in grants to organizations across the state of Tennessee.

The purpose of SHARP grants is to support jobs in the humanities, keep humanities organizations open, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants may focus on humanities projects or leveraging operational support  stemming the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They may also help organizations plan for the future and begin the long process of response and recovery to the pandemic.

SHARP grants are designed to support Tennessee-based organizations doing work in the public humanities. Humanities Tennessee offers two different awards through this program:

  • General Operating Support (GOS) grants are available for nonprofit organizations with a primary mission of public humanities education.
  • Humanities Project Support (HPS) grants are available to nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is not public humanities (e.g., arts, sciences, or community/social services organizations) to undertake a public humanities project.

In order to apply, you must request a grant application (below) through our website.  We will provide eligible applicants access to the application portal.

SHARP Calendar

  • NOW — Request access to the application (below)
  • September 30, 2021 — Application access is available to eligible participants
  • November 30, 2021 — Final Deadline
  • December 31, 2021 — Award Notification
  • January 1, 2022-November 30, 2022—-Project Period
  • February 28, 2023—Final Reports Due

Request a grant application today!