Humanities Montana will be providing nearly $400,000 in grants to the state’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.
Humanities-focused nonprofit organizations based in Montana that are facing financial difficulties will be able to apply to Humanities Montana for grants beginning May 1-October 1 or until funds are expended. The grants can be used to cover general operating costs including salaries, rent, and utilities, as well as costs associated with providing online public programs. There are no matching funds requirements. Awards will be announced within two weeks of application.
The funds are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in March. The $2 trillion aid package includes $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, approximately $30 million of which will be sent to fifty-six state and territorial humanities councils to redistribute to humanities nonprofit organizations in need.