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April 21, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants Available to Libraries

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will provide emergency relief grants to organizations working in the humanities (such as libraries) that have been affected by the Coronavirus.  Applications are due May 11, 2020.

Applications should seek support for at-risk humanities positions and projects nationwide that have been affected by the Coronavirus.  Projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff.  In addition to libraries, other eligible organizations include archives, museums, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations.

The maximum grant award amount is $300,000 for the period June 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The NEH CARES grant application is available now along with a helpful answers to frequently asked questions (PDF) document. 

Pennsylvania Humanities Council Grants

In May, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council expects to announce its plans for grants to Pennsylvania cultural organizations (including libraries) that demonstrate a commitment to humanities programming and face financial hardship due to the Coronavirus.

Information and Questions

Information and future guidance will be announced as soon as it is available via our statewide email distribution lists and on our Guidance and Resources for Public Libraries website.  This page has links to:

Questions about COVID-19 issues should be directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's emergency response account at:

Glenn R. Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries