NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations

Division of Education Programs, Division of Public Programs, Office of Digital Humanities, Division of Research Programs, Division of Preservation and Access

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June 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020

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UPDATE: For applicants experiencing technical difficulties, NEH will accept NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations proposals submitted via on or before Tuesday, May 12, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit humanities sector is an essential component of America's economic and civic life.  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus.  In keeping with Congress's intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. 

NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus.  Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Contact Information

For projects focusing on education, contact the Division of Education Programs at @email.

For projects focused on public programming, contact the Division of Public Programs at @email.

For projects focusing on digital humanities, contact the Office of Digital Humanities at @email.

For projects focusing on scholarly research, contact the Division of Research Programs at @email.

For projects focusing on preservation and access, contact the Division of Preservation and Access at @email.

Step 1 Review your application package

Begin by reading the notice of funding opportunity. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions so you are prepared to write the most effective application.

Download Application Materials

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations application package

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations Notice of Funding Opportunity

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations Frequently Asked Questions

Step 2 Register for a SAM number and an account with

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for an award, make sure you register for a D-U-N-S® number, with, and with as this is vital to the grant application process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.

Note:  The requirement for obtaining a D-U-N-S® number and having an active SAM registration at the time of application in has been relaxed in response to COVID-19.  Organizations that do not have a D-U-N-S® number must work with the help desk to submit their application.  This may delay submission of your application.  The NEH strongly urges you to obtain a D-U-N-S® and register in SAM prior to submitting your application.

Step 3 Complete your application package

Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and in the instructions. 

Step 4 Submit your application package on

You will receive a confirmation from when you've successfully submitted your application. 

Step 5 Verify you have received email messages from

After you submit your application, will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.