As part of the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) grant program, Humanities Montana will be distributing $501,326 to Montana public humanities organizations and cultural institutions throughout the state. Beginning June 14, 2021, Humanities Montana is offering two grant opportunities to help humanities organizations and cultural groups respond to the ongoing pandemic:
General Operating Support Grants provide funds for humanities organizations in need of relief and recovery support due to the effects of coronavirus. Applicants must be able to show financial need. These grants are up to $10,000 and can be used for general administrative costs including staffing, rent, insurance, etc., (see grant guidelines). The application period will run from June 14, 2021, through September 30, 2021, or until all grant funds are awarded. Grant funds must be expended by June 30, 2022.
Project Grants—A small number of larger grants are available to organizations that want to expand access to, redesign, or introduce humanities programming based on opportunities that arose or lessons that were learned during the pandemic. The application deadline is August 20, 2021, and grant awards will be for up to $20,000.
Organizations may apply for either or both grants. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call the Humanities Montana office at (406) 243-6022 or email Humanities Montana Director of Programs and Grants Kim Anderson at
The funds come from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The NEH received $135 million in funding to assist humanities organizations and other cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus pandemic. To help mitigate the effects of the pandemic, the NEH issued $51.6 million directly to state humanities councils.