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Grants to USA Tribes, Nonprofits, and IHEs for Programs to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Native Cultural Institutions

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Native Cultural Institutions

GrantWatch ID# 199812
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and the American Rescue Plan Act
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/10/23 11:59 PM CT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to USA tribes, nonprofit organizations, and IHEs for programs to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis on Native cultural institutions. Eligible expenses include general operating expenses, payroll, staff retention, and support for in-person or online humanities programs.

Allowable Grant Activities:

Funds are intended to support cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and who are facing hardships due to closures and economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Tribal cultural institutions may seek funding for the purpose of continuing core functions and activities, as well as conducting community outreach programs in areas of history, religion, language, philosophy, literature, arts, and politics.
  • Non-tribal institutions may seek funding for the purpose of creating humanities-based public programming in partnership with tribal cultural institutions. Applicants must demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage, knowledge, and contributions of indigenous peoples and understand the historical and contemporary issues affecting indigenous peoples.

Examples of Allowable Activities Include:

  • Operations, including rehiring furloughed employees
  • Controlled entry systems, sanitation stations, signage, and other health measures
  • Documenting cultural practice
  • New exhibits and programs as a way of reengaging the community
  • Online programming and exhibits


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Entities:
- Tribal governments operating cultural facilities such as archives, libraries, museums, community centers, arts councils, historical societies, or other types of organizations providing humanities and cultural programming.
- Native cultural institutions with 501(c)3 status.
- Non-native cultural institutions with 501(c)3 status working in partnership with a state or federally recognized tribal entity.
- Higher education institutions working in partnership with a state or federally recognized tribal entity.

Entities that are not eligible include for-profit organizations, individuals, organizations without paid staff, political or advocacy organizations, or non-tribal government agencies.

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Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Application deadline: Friday, February 10, 2023
- Award notification: March 1, 2023
- Earliest date program can begin: March 15, 2023
- Latest date program can end: July 31, 2023
- Final report due: August 15, 2023

All deadlines are midnight, Central Time.

Matching funds are not required.

As required by federal guidelines, successful applicants must have a UEI number before funds can be released.

Pre-Application Webinar Recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Requests may range from $5,000-$50,000.

Term of Contract
Grants are for a four-month time period (March 15, 2023-July 31, 2023). No extensions are allowed.

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