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Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Recovery Grants Fund

Grants to Maryland Humanities-Focused Nonprofits
for Support During the Coronavirus Health Crisis

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Maryland Humanities

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Deadline Date:

09/30/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit humanities organizations for recovery assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The purpose of this program is to support public humanities infrastructure and to help organizations continue to provide opportunities for communities across the state to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning. Grants support general operating expenses, including salaries, professional development, rent, utilities, supplies, programs, and equipment.

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GrantWatch ID#: 198236

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Number of Grants:

Up to 91 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

All grants will be for a minimum of $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be available to non-profit organizations located in Maryland that provide humanities programming as a significant part of their mission and that are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Eligible nonprofit organizations include museums, historic sites, preservation, and historical societies, and community and cultural organizations with a significant humanities focus.

To be eligible for a Maryland Humanities SHARP Grant, an organization must:
- Offer humanities programming to Marylanders as a significant part of its mission. The humanities include disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy.
- Be physically located in Maryland and have Maryland residents as its primary audience.
- Have a maximum total annual budget of $300,000.
- Be experiencing or expect to experience financial hardship due to the effects of COVID-19 (examples include, but are not limited to, staffing cutbacks or reduction in work hours, suspension of programming or activities, or loss of revenue).
- Obtain and retain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun and Bradstreet, Inc.

Not eligible for funding:
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations
- Organizations with annual operating budgets of more than $300,000
- Organizations solely focused on the creation or performance of art
- Political or advocacy organizations
- Government agencies and libraries
- Universities, colleges, and academic departments
- K-12 institutions

Activities not supported by this grant include:
- 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Have questions? Join the Maryland Humanities grants team on September 20th at 2:00pm for a virtual Q+A session. Register for the event at this link:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted September 15–30, 2021, by 11:59 PM.

Applicants will be notified of the decision on October 29th.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4565
(410) 685-0095
(410) 685-0795 fax

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