Grants Available for Humanities, Cultural Nonprofits

Wisconsin’s humanities and cultural organizations can apply now for grants of up to $7,500 to help them cope with financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant Program distributed a little more than $300,000 during its first round of grants earlier this month, and a second grant round has opened that will make awards totaling about $240,000.

These grants are being distributed by the Wisconsin Humanities Council as authorized by the federal CARES Act through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The application deadline is July 15, and award decisions will be made within 15 business days.

To be eligible, applicants must be Wisconsin-based nonprofits that provide public humanities programming as a significant part of their mission. The grants are intended for smaller organizations with annual expenses of $500,000 or less and will support nonprofits’ general operating costs rather than specific projects or initiatives.

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