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A rapid response general support fund will provide up to $5,000 for public humanities practitioners to help address their immediate economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19  pandemic.

Funding Level

Applicants may request up to $5,000 in unrestricted general support funds.

Funds will be disbursed directly to individual applicants; fiscal sponsorship, matching funds, and a DUNS number are not required. Proof that funds were expended during the grant period, not banked for future use or applied to previously incurred expenses, will be required of all grantees.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from individuals who demonstrate financial need because their work as an independent contractor in the public humanities is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic 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).

Eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate: A track record of public humanities work for at least the prior two years, e.g., live humanities programming, publicly engaged scholarship, and/or digital humanities.

Colorado residency

A W9 form with Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

18 years of age or older

Individuals serving as project directors, humanities advisors, or in other roles in active Colorado Humanities programs are eligible to apply, as long as the activities supported by the CH CARES Individual Relief Grant do not directly overlap with expenses already supported through contracts or agreements with Colorado Humanities.

Applicants are required to provide responses to the following questions as part of their online application form:

Applicant Information

Describe your work in the public humanities in the two years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please indicate the scope of your work, and its reach. Please describe the people you serve. How does your work benefit the public? (250 words)

Statement of Need

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your work in the public humanities? (e.g., loss of income, loss of employment, inability to continue in-person programming, etc.) (250 words)

Outcomes

How will the CH CARES Individual Relief Grant help you continue your work in the public humanities? (250 words)

Additional information

Completed W9 form uploaded with Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

1 Who is eligible to apply for a CH Cares Individual Relief Grant?

Applications will be accepted from individuals whose work in the public humanities is currently impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals experiencing economic hardship due to loss of income as an independently self-employed public humanities practitioner; 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). 

2 Do I have to be affiliated with an organization or a fiscal sponsor?

No, given that CH CARES Individual Relief Grants are directed to individuals, a fiscal sponsor is not required.

3 What specific documents do I need to submit along with the application for the Individual Relief Grant?

A completed W9 form is required with each application. Please note, you are not required to partner with a fiscal sponsor or to attain a DUNS number for the Individual Relief Grants.

4 Is there an age requirement for applicants?

Yes, applicants must be 18 years of age or older

5 Can I apply for a relief grant if I have a current contract with Colorado Humanities?

Yes, individuals can apply for relief grants even if they have another connection to Colorado Humanities, but no overlapping costs are allowed between the two.

6 Are there any limitations on how funds are spent for the individual relief grant?

So long as funds are spent to alleviate the hardship identified in your application, there are no specific requirements on how funds should be spent. Colorado Humanities Relief Grants 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 

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

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). 

Prizes, awards, scholarships, grants 

CH CARES Humanities Relief Grants are made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act. 

Please contact 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.

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