American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking

Agency-Wide Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Up to $2,000,000 for grantmaking programs for individuals; up to $5,000,000 for grantmaking programs for organizations.  

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Period of performance

Two years

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 recognizes that the humanities sector is an essential component of economic and civic life in the United States. The Act appropriated supplemental funding to NEH to provide financial support to organizations and individuals working in the humanities that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and require support to restore and sustain their core functions and activities. In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting this legislation, proposals under this notice should help humanities organizations and professionals to “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.”  

The American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking program invites applications from organizations ​experienced at providing grants at a national or regional (i.e., multi-state) level to administer competitive grantmaking programs for humanities organizations or individuals who work in the humanities.

Applicants may propose a new grantmaking program or to expand or adapt an existing program. The program may be for either organizations or for individuals, but not for both. The proposed grantmaking program may include multiple tracks for applicants (e.g., for junior scholars and senior scholars; for museums and archives). NEH especially encourages applications for grantmaking programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the humanities.

For more information about the program, you may refer to the pre-recorded webinar.  Captions are provided.

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Complete necessary registrations

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number and registration. Learn more about this multistep process.

Check your registrations well in advance of the deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active; if they are not current at the time of submission, your application will be rejected.

You should allow several weeks for the registration process. If you fail to allow sufficient time to complete registration with, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online submission requirement.

In order to expeditiously issue funding and consistent with OMB memo M-21-20, NEH has relaxed the requirement for active SAM registration at time of application for the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking program. Current registrants in SAM with active registrations expiring between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021 will automatically be afforded a one-time extension of 180 days. At the time of award, the requirements of 2 CFR § 200.206 continue to apply. NEH will not make an award to an applicant lacking an active SAM registration. 

See D3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management in the Notice of Funding for additional information on the required registration process 

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Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Check that all required attachments are present. Late, incomplete, nonresponsive, or ineligible applications will not be considered for funding.

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You will receive a confirmation from when you’ve successfully submitted your application. Subsequently, you will receive up to five more notices confirming different stages in the application process. Verify that you have received all confirmations. Note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.