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Apply for CARES Act Grants

Through a new funding opportunity made possible by the CARES Act, Mass Humanities offers grants to support operating expenses at museums, libraries, archives and other nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts impacted by COVID-19. 

Updated: Mass Humanities closed the application period for CARES Act Grants on Friday, May 22, 11:59 pm.  Applications are currently under review.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $75 million from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. As the state affiliate of NEH, Mass Humanities will provide grants to support operating expenses for the most vulnerable institutions.

Mass Humanities will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Eligible organizations will be evaluated on audiences served, budget size, the centrality of the humanities to their mission, and financial losses incurred by COVID-19. Priority will be given to geographic diversity and organizations with annual budgets of less than $300,000. 

Mass Humanities will begin accepting applications on May 4, 2020. A committee of the Mass Humanities board of directors will approve grants on a rolling basis until all funds are expended.

How to apply

DUNS Number requirement

NEH requires all applicants for CARES Act grants to provide a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number at the time of application. If your organization does not have one, click here for instructions on how to register.


Email us and our program officers will respond.

Additional resources from NEH

NEH is also accepting applications from organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. Eligible organizations can apply to NEH for up to $300,000.

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