Humanities Tennessee SHARP Grant Recipients

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce grant recipients and awards through 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.

Because of this program, Humanities Tennessee is able to provide $941,454 to 91 organizations throughout the state. 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 funds at the Museum of Appalachia will “supplement the wages of a team…essential for the planning, preparing and executing of new programs, replacing ones that have become ineffective as a result of the pandemic.”

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.





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.”


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.”





Grant Award Recipients

Organization Amount Awarded City US Congressional District
Birthplace of Country Music Inc. $11,936 Bristol 1st
Black in Appalachia: Research, Education & Support $5,595 Whitesburg 1st
Greeneville Greene County History Museum $4,360 Greeneville 1st
Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia $5,595 Jonesborough 1st
International Storytelling Center $14,920 Jonesborough 1st
James Agee Film Project $11,936 Johnson City 1st
Rose Center & Council for the Arts $14,920 Morristown 1st
Surgoinsville Area Archives and Museum $1,865 Surgoinsville 1st
Blount Mansion $11,339 Knoxville 2nd
East Tennessee Historical Society $10,340 Knoxville 2nd
East Tennessee Public Communications Corporation $7,162 Knoxville 2nd
Governor John Sevier Memorial Association $11,936 Knoxville 2nd
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center $14,920 Townsend 2nd
Hazen Historical Museum Foundation $8,952 Knoxville 2nd
Highlander Research and Education Center $11,936 New Market 2nd
Knox Heritage $8,952 Knoxville 2nd
Knoxville Chapter, Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities $8,952 Knoxville 2nd
Knoxville History Project $9,210 Knoxville 2nd
McClung The University of Tennessee Foundation Inc. $7,758 Knoxville 2nd
The Abraham Lincoln Museum $11,936 Tazewell 2nd
American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation $9,549 Oak Ridge 3rd
Art 120 $14,920 Signal Mountain 3rd
Campbell Culture Coalition $14,920 LaFollette 3rd
ELLA Library $5,595 Chattanooga 3rd
Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Inc $11,190 Chattanooga 3rd
Etowah Historical Commission/Etowah Depot Museum $11,936 Etowah 3rd
Houston Museum of Decorative Arts $5,819 Chattanooga 3rd
McMinn County Living Heritage Museum $13,428 Athens 3rd
Morgan County Genealogical & Historical Society Inc $14,610 Wartburg 3rd
Move N Groove Kidz $4,939 Chattanooga 3rd
Museum of Appalachia $11,936 Norris 3rd
National Medal of Honor Heritage Center $9,549 Chattanooga 3rd
Postmark LaFollette $14,920 LaFollette 3rd
RISE Chattanooga $14,920 Chattanooga 3rd
Songbirds Foundation $11,936 Chattanooga 3rd
Southern Lit Alliance $10,501 Chattanooga 3rd
SPLASH $14,920 Chattanooga 3rd
The Chattery $4,476 Chattanooga 3rd
Museum Center at 5ive Points $11,782 Cleveland 4th
Old Copper Road Preservation Allance $7,162 Cleveland 4th
Organization Amount Awarded City US Congressional District
Centennial Park Conservancy $7,162 Nashville 5th
Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) $10,217 Nashville 5th
Cumberland River Compact $9,549 Nashville 5th
East Nashville Hope Exchange, Inc. $9,698 Nashville 5th
Elmahaba Center $14,920 Nashville 5th
Faith and Culture Center $14,920 Thompsons Station 5th
Global Education Center $14,920 Nashville 5th
Nashville Public Library Foundation $11,936 Nashville 5th
Nashville Symphony Association $3,581 Nashville 5th
National Museum of African American Music $9,549 Nashville 5th
Oscar Farris Agricultural Museum Association $5,222 Nashville 5th
Southern Word, Inc. $14,920 Nashville 5th
Tennessee Assocaition of Museums $14,920 Nashville 5th
Tennessee Historical Society $11,936 Nashville 5th
The Nashville Food Project $6,356 Nashville 5th
The Porch Writers’ Collective $4,297 Nashville 5th
Travellers Rest Historic House Museum $11,936 Nashville 5th
Historic Cragfont, Inc. – DBA Historic Castalian Springs $4,476 Castalian Springs 6th
Historic Lebanon Tomorrow Inc. $11,936 Lebanon 6th
Robertson County Historical Society $4,584 Springfield 6th
Vine Branch Fellowship $9,698 Hermitage 6th
African American Heritage Society of Maury County $6,035 Columbia 7th
Heritage Foundation of Williamson County $11,936 Franklin 7th
Wolf Gap $13,087 Pulaski 7th
Organization Amount Awarded City US Congressional District
African Roots Museum $2,160 Ripley 8th
Discovery Park of America $11,936 Union City 8th
Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial Association, LLC $8,370 Halls 8th
Friends of the Delta Heritage Center $7,833 Brownsville 8th
The Griot Collective of West Tennessee $11,936 Jackson 8th
Tom & O. E. Stigall Ethnic Library History and Museum $5,968 Humboldt 8th
Arrow Creative, Inc. $9,549 Memphis 9th
Blues City Cultural Center $14,920 Memphis 9th
Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Memphis Inc $8,281 Memphis 9th
Girls Inc. of Memphis $11,936 Memphis 9th
Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation DBA National Civil Rights Museum $11,936 Memphis 9th
Memphis Filmworks $14,174 Memphis 9th
Memphis Museums, Inc. $11,936 Memphis 9th
Memphis Symphony Orchestra Inc. $11,936 Memphis 9th
New Ballet Ensemble and School $5,920 Memphis 9th
Orpheum Theatre Group $11,936 Memphis 9th
Paris Henry County Heritage Center $4,595 Paris 7th
Playback Memphis $14,206 Memphis 9th
Refugee Empowerment Program $11,059 Memphis 9th
RiverArtsFest, Inc. $14,238 Memphis 9th
Stax Museum of American Soul Music $8,624 Memphis 9th
StoryBoard Memphis $14,920 Memphis 9th
The Children’s Museum of Memphis $11,936 Memphis 9th
The W E A L L B E Group Inc $14,920 Memphis 9th
UrbanArt Commission $11,339 Memphis 9th
Withers Collections Museum and Gallery $14,622 Memphis 9th
WYXR $8,951 Memphis 9th