Building a More Perfect Union: Pandemic Recovery Grants for Humanities Organizations

The National Writing Project announces a new grant-making program, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations.

Building a More Perfect Union invites grant applications from eligible humanities organizations that have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and would like to strengthen their educational programming and expand their reach to underserved communities. Grants will assist local and regional organizations—including historic sites, archives, and public-facing humanities centers—in recovering from interruptions to their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Funding is available to establish community partnerships to relaunch educational programming and develop educational programming in anticipation of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

Up to 50 grants to local, regional, or cross-regional organizations will be awarded with eligible organizations including nonprofit organizations, museums, libraries and archives, state parks and historic sites, and public-facing humanities centers at colleges and universities. These grants will assist entities in restoring programming, post-pandemic, and to engage or deepen collaborations with stakeholders and communities that will expand their reach. Successful applicants will create open-access, adaptable resources and program models with the potential to enrich public understanding of our diverse yet intersecting civic life.

To Apply

Please download, review, and complete all necessary documents before you begin the application submission process. Applications are due December 21, 2021.

  1. Request For Proposals (PDF)
  2. Application Form Template (Word)
  3. Narrative Template (Word)
  4. Budget Template (Excel)
  5. Signature Page Template (PDF)

Submit Application


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To read more about the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations and learn more about other organizations that are offering these same grants, please visit and follow #NEHRecovery and #SHARP.