Frequently Asked Questions
What do you mean by the humanities?
A humanities organization has a mission explicitly connected to the humanities along with a track record of specifically working in the humanities, as opposed to a group that occasionally tackles or delves into humanities-based themes or activities. These include:
Cultural and Ethnic Organizations: This category includes organizations dedicated to the study, preservation, and/or dissemination of the history and culture of ethnic groups.
History Organizations: This category includes historical societies and their support organizations, historical preservation groups and their support organizations, historic houses, folklore/folklife organizations, place-based learning organizations, cultural sustainability organizations, and other organizations with a historical focus.
Humanities Museums: This category includes organizations that acquire, preserve, research, exhibit, and provide for the educational use of works of art or objects/artifacts that are related to the study of humanities content.
Literature Organizations: This category includes organizations that promote the study or appreciation of books and/or literature.
Humanities Education: Organizations that offer classes, seminar, and workshops in the humanities (which include but are not limited to literature, languages, history, philosophy, religious studies, art history, and interdisciplinary humanities programs – like ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies). Literacy programs and English-language acquisition (ELL/ESL) programs are also eligible in this category.
Media, Journalism, and Documentary Organizations: Organizations that are committed to covering humanities themes and/or telling the stories, happenings, or histories of communities that are informed by the members of those communities, challenge predominant narratives, and/or nurture critical analysis of media.
Libraries and Archives: These organizations include operating libraries and archives (excluding those that are purely science- and medicine-focused). Combination museum-libraries can be treated as museums or libraries.
Is cost share required for these grants?
There is no cost share required for these grants. Organizations cannot overlap project funds from two federal funding sources.
Are libraries eligible for SHARP funds?
Yes, libraries are eligible to apply. According to the NEH guidelines: “museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, and other nonprofits impacted by the pandemic in their state or jurisdiction” are eligible.
We received federal PPP funds (Paycheck Protection Program). Are we still eligible for SHARP funds?
Yes, but you cannot overlap funds from one federal source with another. Your SHARP application should be for cost related to programming or general operating support NOT paid for with PPP funds.
What criteria will be used to evaluate our application?
Organizations who apply for SHARP funds in Track 1 and Track 2 will be assessed as follows:
- Is the organization eligible for SHARP funding based on the information provided in the application?
- Does the organization demonstrate coronavirus-hardship?
- Is the proposal consistent with the purpose of the American Rescue Plan to help the organization “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus”?
- Does the humanities-based project provide public humanities content and programming services? (Tracks one and two)
- Does the plan for general operating support respond to, and strengthen the organization? (Track one)
- Does the organization work with, or support under-served and minority-focused and minority-led institutions and organizations?
- Is the funding tier selected and the budget allocation reasonable for the proposed work?
Can I fill in my application in Spanish?
We provide guidelines in Spanish and you can translate the grant application site into other languages using Google translate (illustrated below). Once you log into the grant website you will see a Google translate button in the top left-hand side of the screen. It will not translate your responses.