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Humanities Washington: CARES Act Humanities Relief Grants

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Humanities & Social Science

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: Washington

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NOTE: Applications will be reviewed weekly by a grant review panel, between the dates of April 15 – May 31.

CARES Act Humanities Relief Grants

Humanities Washington is honored to provide rapid-response funding to humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus. Funding for this grant is provided by the CARES Act and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Washington is committed to equitable grantmaking and considers geographic diversity and the importance of reaching underrepresented communities in its funding decisions.

Grant Summary

Grants of between $2,500 to $5,000 will be made to Washington State nonprofit cultural organizations that provide humanities programming, and that are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus.

Grants are for general operating expenses or specific projects. No match is required.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3) organizations registered in Washington State, including those affiliated with tribal organizations, that are experiencing hardship due to the impact of the coronavirus. Hardship includes, but is not limited to:
    • Risk of permanent closure. 
    • Loss of significant revenue. 
    • Loss of paid staff.
    • Loss of venue or workspace. 
  • Qualifying non-profit organizations must have programming that significantly focuses on the humanities and/or culture. The humanities encompass the study and interpretation of a society’s past, present, and future, and include (but are not limited to) fields such as history, literature, philosophy, study of culture, and language.


  • Organizations located outside of King County and organizations with annual operating budgets less than $500,000 are encouraged to apply.
    • These types of organizations will receive priority in funding, but all Washington State non-profit organizations are welcome to apply.
  • Organizations serving and led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply. These groups include (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):
    • People of color.
    • People who identify as LGBTQ+.
    • People who live in rural areas.
    • People with disabilities.
    • People who identify as immigrants or refugees.
    • People whose first (or only) language is not English.


  • Not eligible:
    • Individuals
    • For-profit organizations.
    • Organizations without paid staff.
    • Organizations solely focused on the arts.
    • Political or advocacy organizations.
    • Government agencies.
    • Universities, colleges and academic departments.
    • Entities with significant public funding, including libraries.
  • Programs that fall outside the humanities are not eligible, such as the creation or performance of art, dance, or music, or science or environmental research programs.


This page was last reviewed June 01, 2020 and last updated June 01, 2020