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WV Humanities Council: CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants

West Virginia Humanities Council

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Deadline: Oct 10, 2020

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Community Culture & Heritage Museums & Cultural Institutions Writing & Literature Religious / Theological Education Humanities & Social Science

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: West Virginia

Location of residency: West Virginia

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NOTE: Beginning early May, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the funds are completely committed through October 10, 2020.

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants

The West Virginia Humanities Council announces its CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant, designed to assist nonprofit humanities-centered institutions and organizations in West Virginia by providing general operating and/or programming support during this period of financial hardship caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funding for this grant has been provided by National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress.

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


  • Applicants can apply for general operating and/or programming support.
    • Programming support will only be awarded for:
      • Projects directly related to the pandemic in some way.
      • Conversion of at-risk existing programming to digital or virtual delivery.
  • West Virginia organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.
  • Any West Virginia-based nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated commitment to programming in humanities content areas, including history (any aspect), cultural heritage or cultural studies, living or historical traditions, literary or aesthetic criticism, or religious/philosophical/ethical studies.
  • Must serve the general public.
  • Must be able to show current direct loss of income, loss of opportunity, or increased financial hardship in direct connection to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Must supply FEIN # and DUNS # and have an active account. 


  • The Council cannot award funding for project costs that overlap with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding.
  • 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.
    • Lobbying.
    • Purchase of land or facilities, construction, or renovation.
    • Projects that fall outside of the humanities.
    • Equipment not related to compliance with social distancing.