HT Awards Nearly $1 Million in SHARP Grants

Humanities Tennessee has awarded $941,454 to 91 Tennessee organizations in all 3 Grand Divisions to support and sustain humanities organizations and help the state’s cultural infrastructure recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“These grants are meant to support organizations state-wide that connect and engage our communities through history, literature, storytelling, the arts, and research and education,” said Dr. Daryl Carter, chair of the board of directors of Humanities Tennessee.

“We’re also thrilled to work with so many new-to-us organizations that are using the humanities to recover from the stress and isolation we’ve all experienced these past two years,” said Tim Henderson, executive director.

Applicants could apply for general operating or humanities project grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Of the 91 awards granted, nearly 70% were general operating and 30% humanities project.

From grant recipient organizations across Tennessee:

  • With support for the Stories of the Land Virtual Tour, “the Nashville Food Project will be able to continue cultivating community during a time of restricted gathering…with increased language access to our New American community members.”


  • Memphis Filmworks will use SHARP for “programming to youth being introduced to storytelling and filmmaking… to the mission of documenting the heritage and culture of underserved communities of Shelby County.”


  • A New Town for a New Century, a “new interpretive guide to the Etowah Depot, its grounds, and nearby historic sites will…provide a safe way for people to examine Etowah’s history and expand the museum’s audience” for the Etowah Historical Commission.


  • The Porch Writers’ Collective will deliver a series of Healing through Literature workshops “designed to increase resilience and aid in post-traumatic growth…benefitting…healthcare workers affected by the Covid pandemic.”


Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) is 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.



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