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Wisconsin Humanities CARES Act Relief Grants

The Wisconsin Humanities Council will be providing rapid-response funding to non-profit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These grants are funded by the federal CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

#69982e;">Deadlines and application process
The application will be available next week. We will share information on the ; text-decoration-line: underline;">Wisconsin Humanities Council website, on ; text-decoration-line: underline;">Facebook, and in this newsletter.  

  • The first deadline is 4:30pm on May 15 with additional deadlines to follow.
  • Applications will be reviewed and decisions announced via email within 15 days of the application deadline. 
  • In the interest of speed, WHC staff are not able to review drafts of Wisconsin Humanities CARES applications.  Questions about the application may be ; text-decoration-line: underline;">directed to Meg Turville-Heitz.

#69982e;">Things to know NOW about CARES Act Relief Grants in Wisconsin 
• Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to non-profit organizations across Wisconsin that provide humanities programming as a significant part of their mission and that are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
• Grants are available for general operating expenses only. These include expenses such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment. (Organizations seeking humanities program support should apply for a ; text-decoration-line: underline;">WHC Mini or Major grant.
• No matching funds are required.

To be eligible for Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grants, an organization must:

  • Provide humanities programming to the general public as a significant part of its mission (see humanities defined here)
  • Have been in continuous operation for at least two years as a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization as certified by the Internal Revenue Service. ; text-decoration-line: underline;">Check IRS status here.
  • Be physically located in Wisconsin and have Wisconsin residents as its primary audience
  • Have at least one staff member (full or part-time) who is a paid employee of the organization
  • Have total annual expenses of not more than $500,000 in the most recent fiscal year OR have no more than $500,000 as the average of the past three completed fiscal years. (Expenses include all operating, overhead and programmatic expenses for the organization.)
  • Be experiencing financial hardship due to the effects of COVID-19. (Hardship includes, but is not limited to reduction, loss or furlough of paid staff or significant loss of revenue.)

#69982e;">Not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Organizations with annual budgets of more than $500,000 (organizations with larger budgets may be eligible for ; text-decoration-line: underline;">funding directly from the National Endowment for the Humanities) 
  • Organizations solely focused on the arts (check ; text-decoration-line: underline;">Wisconsin Arts Board grants)
  • Political or advocacy organizations
  • Government agencies (libraries ARE eligible for funding)
  • Universities, colleges, or academic departments
  • K-12 institutions

#69982e;">Funding priorities:

  • Support cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and that are facing hardship due to closures and economic impacts related to COVID-19
  • Assist organizations in all regions of Wisconsin

#69982e;">Other requirements to be aware of as you prepare to apply:

  • As required by federal guidelines, applicants must have a DUNS number in order to receive funds. A DUNS number can take up to two business days to receive. For instructions on acquiring a DUNS number immediately via telephone please see ; text-decoration-line: underline;">information here. You may also acquire a DUNS number from ;">the DUNS Request Service website. 
  • Applicants must upload a SIGNED W-9 form at the time that your application is submitted.


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