CARES grants available for cultural nonprofits

Ohio Humanities announced the availability of additional OH CARES funding to help cultural nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19 health crisis.

Up to $60,000 is available to assist nonprofit organizations that serve the public by offering programs in history, literature, philosophy or other humanities topics, according to Pat Williamsen, Ohio Humanities executive director. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded through a competitive application process.

Funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will help Ohio’s cultural community maintain staffing and provide programming for audiences affected by continuing pandemic restrictions. OH CARES grants may be used for digital programming, humanities education staff and supplies to maintain the safety of employees and patrons. Organizations that received OH CARES grants in the first round of funding are ineligible.

Applications for OH CARES II grants will be available starting July 31, and the deadline for submission will be Aug. 14. A webinar about this funding initiative will be 10 a.m. Wednesday. To register for the webinar, go to ohiohumanities.org/CARES.

In its first call for OH CARES grants, Ohio Humanities awarded $690,000 to 91 organizations throughout Ohio. Recipients included art museums, local historical societies, preservation societies and other organizations that preserve and promote Ohio history, heritage and culture.

Ohio Humanities staff are available by email to help applicants navigate the application process to access emergency funding. Ohio Humanities will continue accepting grant applications for regular projects at deadlines listed at http://www.ohiohumanities.org/grants-2/.

Additional information about funding can be found at ohiohumanities.org /CARES.



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