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2021 State Humanities American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Colorado Grant Guidelines 

SHARP Colorado Grants aim to provide general operating and program support to organizations that have experienced economic hardship due to the cancellation of, or changes to, their public humanities activities as a result of Covid.

A general fund will provide up to _________ to Colorado-based public humanities and cultural organizations in general operating and program support. Organizations may use grant funds to meet any urgent needs resulting from Covid to support the capacity for continued implementation of public humanities activities. Eligible expense items include, but are not limited to, any of the following costs:

Staff salaries and fringe benefits for programmatic and administrative personnel

Professional fees, including honoraria and stipends for humanities advisors, interviewees, technical consultants, etc.

Travel, lodging, and per diem expenses (the maximum allowable reimbursement rate is 52 cents per mile for automobile mileage, $ _____ for lodging, and $70 per day for meals per person)

Supplies and materials for all organizational activities

Equipment rental

Administrative expenses including phone, postage, photocopying, and printing

Marketing expenses (e.g., design, printing, distribution, ad placement)

Evaluation expenses

Documentation expenses (e.g., videography of events)


Applicants may request up to $24,999 in general operating and program support. Grant awards will be determined in proportion to an organization’s budget size, and grant requests can be no more than 20% of an organization’s 2019 operating revenue as shown on IRS Form 990, line 12.


Applications will be accepted from Colorado-based nonprofit agencies and organizations with a minimum two-year organizational history whose work in the public humanities in Colorado is currently impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applicants must demonstrate this need through either economic hardship due to loss of income as a result of loss of programming opportunities and/or revenue sources, or unanticipated expenses incurred due to cancelled or modified programming or project activities (e.g., adapting in-person programming to online).

Current Colorado Humanities partners MAY apply, as long as the activities supported by the SHARP Colorado grant do not directly overlap with expenses already supported through contracts or agreements with Colorado Humanities. Prior grant or partnering history with Colorado Humanities is not required.

SHARP Colorado Grant funds are not intended to support:

Activities and projects primarily intended to advance a specific policy or political agenda or to influence legislation (advocacy) or that promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view

The purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation

The purchase of alcoholic beverages

Overlapping costs with other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding

Prizes, awards, scholarships, grants

Although current Colorado Humanities board members may serve as advisors or consultants to projects, they may not be compensated from Colorado Humanities grant funds for any goods or services they provide.

Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies). If your organization’s mission is the creation, display, or performance of art, please apply for funds through the National Endowment for the Arts (insert link to NEA and CCI).

Here are a few examples of what does and does not qualify

A theater company that solely holds public performances of classic or new plays does NOT qualify.
A theater company that also holds a series of lectures in humanities topics such as history, jurisprudence, philosophy, ethics, literature, or language MAY qualify.

An art museum engaged solely in the display of art does NOT qualify.
An art museum that offers lectures or classes in art history MAY qualify.

An art school engaged solely in art instruction does NOT qualify.
An art school that offers classes in art history MAY qualify.

A social service organization that provides food, rental assistance, short-term housing, does NOT qualify.

Requirements for Application

Tax ID (EIN)

A Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, available through Dun & Bradstreet If your organization does not have a DUNS number, one may be obtained by calling 866.705.5711 or https://www.dnb.com/duns-number/get-a-duns.html.

Eligible applicants are also asked to complete the application on the next page that includes the following for the applicant organization:

contact information

authorizing official

physical address

Congressional district

service area

demographics of those served.

Matching funds are not required. But if you obtain matching funds, please report them to help Colorado Humanities meet ongoing federal requirements.

Requested funds must be allocated to budget line items that are not receiving support from other federal funds sources. SHARP Colorado grant funds may not duplicate support from other federal sources.

Applicants are required to provide responses via our Submittable page. 

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

1 Is a specific project required for this grant?

No, a specific project is not required for SHARP Colorado grants. Award funds are intended to be used for general operating support or programs for organizations working in the public humanities currently impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

2 Who is eligible to apply for an Organizational CH CARES Humanities Relief Grant?

Any Colorado-based non-profit organizations or agencies with tax-exempt status that can demonstrate a substantial track record of public humanities work over the past two years may apply. An applicant may be, but is not limited to this type of organization: a museum, literary organization, archive, historical society, cultural center, tribal government, or some college or university department or program.

3 What qualifies as general operating support?

General operating support is basically anything essential to keeping your organization functioning: rent, salaries, utilities, and other monthly expenses.

4 What specific documents do I need to submit along with the application for the grant?

Most recent form 990

IRS 501©3 determination letter

Colorado Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing. To find your organization’s certificate, please visit https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/business/FAQs/certGoodStanding.html

SHARP Colorado grants are made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Please email grants@coloradohumanities.org or call 303.894.7951 x21 if you have questions about how to develop your proposal or how to interpret guidelines or requirements.

Please complete this form to be considered for one of the two next Institutes! 

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