NEH to Distribute $135M to Cultural Institutions Hit by Pandemic

The National Endowment for the Humanities will receive $135 million in supplemental funding as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan just approved by President Biden. The funding will be used to assist cultural institutions impacted by the pandemic.

NEH will distribute relief funding via a competitive process to cultural institutions including museums, libraries, historic sites, archives, and educational institutions. NEH relief funding will be used to support a wide range of expenses from technology to training and equipment to support for budget shortfalls. Approximately $54 million will go directly to NEH local affiliates and remaining stimulus funding will be delivered via direct grants to cultural institutions.

In order to apply for a grant from NEH, eligible organizations must pre-register with and The registration process can take several weeks, organizations are strongly encouraged to start the registration process immediately. Step-by-step instructions on how to register are available on the website.

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