In April, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which provided $75 million in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus. $30 million of that was allocated to our state and jurisdictional humanities organizations to support grants to eligible nonprofits for humanities programming and general operating support.
As a result, New Hampshire Humanities received $400,000 in supplemental funding and beginning May 1st, launched our CARES Act General Operating Support Grants Program. These grants ranged in size from $2,500 to $10,000 and were intended for New Hampshire-based humanities, cultural nonprofits and public libraries with annual budgets of $500,000 or less.
While we anticipated a high level of demand, the depth and breadth of financial need is overwhelming. Since launching the effort three weeks ago, New Hampshire Humanities has committed ALL available grant dollars, having received 89 CARES Act General Operating Support grant applications totaling $400,000.00 in requests. In sum, New Hampshire Humanities awarded 64 CARES Act General Operating Support Grants, positively impacting nearly 50 communities throughout the Granite State! See map at left, and click the image for a printable PDF.
We understood early on that for us be successful in attracting the broadest pool of applicants possible, it required us to cast the widest net imaginable, and we want to say “thank you” for your support in helping us achieve our goal.
We invite you to visit this CARES Act page on July 1, when we’ll make available a more detailed After-Action Review & Impact Assessment.
If you have additional questions, please contact Anthony Poore, Executive Director, at email@example.com.