Ohio Humanities will continue accepting grant applications for regular projects as listed on grants page.Ohio Humanities will be providing $750,000 in emergency relief grants for historical societies, museums, and other cultural organizations affected by COVID-19 health crisis. Funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the grants will help mitigate revenue losses, maintain staffing levels, and protect collections. Applications for emergency grants will be available beginning on May 1; the first deadline for submission will be May 15, with first awards by June 1. Funding will continue to be available throughout the summer. Later in the year, additional grants will be available to help cultural organizations deliver programs that maintain the health safety of patrons during a post-pandemic environment. Ohio Humanities staff are available by email to help applicants navigate the application process to access emergency funding http://www.ohiohumanities.org/cares/. Ohio Humanities will continue accepting grant applications for regular projects as listed on grants page.

The CARES Act, passed by Congress on March 27, included $75 million emergency funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Forty percent of that amount has been distributed to the 56 state and territorial humanities councils to support local relief efforts. In late March, NEH reported that the anchors of the creative economy such as museums and historical societies were reporting losses of $1 billion every month as facilities were closed and educational programs were canceled.

The Ohio History Connection is developing an Ohio History Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grants program for 501(c)(3) history organizations. The application will be available at www.ohiohistory.org/covidgrant  after May 1. Applications will be due June 1 and grant awards made will be made mid-July. Funds must be expended by Nov. 30, 2020. Ohio History Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grants will range from $500-$3,000 and be based on the applicant’s budget size. Unlike regular History Fund grants, COVID-19 Emergency Grants are intended to supplement operational costs, such as payroll and utilities. Applicants can also use grants to adapt programs for on-line audiences, such as K-12. There is no match required. Grant funds are limited. See the application when released, for details.

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