COVID Relief Grant Work

Supporting Montana’s Cultural Infrastructure

In 2020 and 2021, Humanities Montana provided almost $1,000,000 in rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for these grants was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Sustaining the Humanities Through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP).

SHARP Grants

In 2021, Humanities Montana distributed over $550,000 in emergency SHARP grants to 51 cultural institutions across the state. 

In 2021 SHARP grantees reported*:

* Final SHARP statistic reports are not complete until 2022.


of grant recipients reported they were at risk of permanent closure.


of organizations that received a grant operate in a county with a 15% or higher poverty rate.


of grant recipients reported that COVID-19 led them to layoff or reduce the hours of an average of three employees.

$550K Worth of SHARP Grant Impact

CARES Grants

In 2020, Humanities Montana distributed almost $420,000 in emergency CARES Act funds to 95 cultural institutions across the state to help them retain employees, pay operational costs, and continue programming. 100% of funding went directly to Montana organizations impacted by COVID-19. All grant recipients were able to continue serving their communities.

In an April 2020 Humanities Montana survey:


of cultural institutions reported they were at risk of closure due to the pandemic in spring of 2020.


of responding organizations needed emergency funds to support core operations.


of cultural organizations surveyed were at risk of suspending direct programming.

CARES Grants by the Numbers