CARES Act Grants
Humanities Tennessee is pleased to offer assistance to humanities organizations in Tennessee as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in March. These grants are intended to provide general operating support during a period of financial hardship caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
To be eligible, an organization must meet the following criteria:
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tennessee
- Have a primary mission that is humanities-focused and offer publicly accessible humanities programs serving Tennesseans. Examples of humanities include history (any aspect), cultural heritage or cultural studies, living or historical traditions, literary or aesthetic criticism, or religious/philosophical/ethical studies
- Have a current Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number (find out more here)
- Organizations who received funding in the first round may re-apply in the second round and are encouraged to do so. However, funding will be prioritized for eligible organizations who did not participate in the first grant round.
Funding will be prioritized, but not limited to, organizations with less than $1,000,000 in annual operating expenses.
The second round of applications will open from June 1-15, 2020. Our goal is to support as many organizations as possible. Applicants may apply in one or both rounds.
There is no award amount cap on second round grants. The grants can be used to cover general operating costs including salaries, rent and utilities, as well as costs associated with public programs. Equipment may be purchased only if necessary to provide online public programs. Cost sharing is encouraged but not required.
Applicants should anticipate up to a 7-10 day turnaround between application deadline and decision announcement. Applicants will be notified via email.
Applicants will be required to submit a report 90 days after the award date, which must include a list of grant expenditures. Humanities Tennessee will provide an online reporting template.
Funds may not be used for the following purposes:
- promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
- support of specific public policies or legislation
- 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 (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies)
- equipment not related to compliance with social distancing
We cannot award funding for costs that overlap with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding. For example, if you are applying funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts to a specific expenditure, funds from this grant cannot be allocated for the same expenditure. It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to track expenditures separately.
*The second-round application will be open from June 1-15, 2020.* Click here to apply.
Organizations may apply in one or both rounds, including organizations who were granted an award during the first round.
Please contact CARES@humtn.org.