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CARES Act Recover Grants

Grant Summary

Through the CARES Act and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Delaware Humanities has funds available for redistribution to organizations committed to the humanities that have faced financial hardship due to the coronavirus.  

  • These grants are for up to $10,000.
  • These grants are for operating expenses only.  No match is required. Please see NEH Restrictions below for additional limitations on use of funding.
  • The application will open Friday, July 10 and close Friday, July 24. 
  • After July 24, organizations will be notified of amount approved, rejection, or the need for more information within 15 business days.
  • Organizations will be required to sign a Grant Agreement upon notification of funding and submit a Final Report by September 30, 2020.  Organizations will be required submit photographs.  Delaware Humanities may also request occasional progress reports.


To apply, you must:

1. Be an organization with a demonstrated commitment to programming in humanities content areas. Need more information on what are the humanities? Visit our website.

2. Be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Delaware.

3. Have a DUNS number.

4. Be experiencing financial hardship due to the impact of coronavirus.

Universities, colleges, K-12 institutions, government agencies, religious organizations, and individuals are NOT eligible to receive funding.

This is a SECOND ROUND of the CARES Funding.  If your organization was funded in the first round, you are ineligible to apply for additional funding.

Funding Priorities

Delaware Humanities is accepting applications from any eligible organization.  However, our funding priorities include but are not limited to organizations:

1. Ineligible for other forms of state or federal funding.

2. With annual operating budgets of less than $500,000 a year.  If your budget is over $500,000 a year, we strongly suggest you look to NEH directly for funding (see the NEH Cares link in “Other Resources” below).

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted through our Foundant grant application system.

If you are an existing user, log into your account.  If you are a new user, please create an account.  Don’t know if you’re an existing user?   Contact us to find out.

Select “apply” at the top of the page, and then look for the CARES Act Recover Grants.  Select the blue “Apply” button by its name.

An application preview is available here.


Staff is currently working remotely.  Complete the Contact us form with any questions, or call Delaware Humanities at 302-657-0650 and leave your message with Ciera Fisher at extension x112.  Your phone call will be returned within 24 business hours.

Other Resources

Delaware H.E.L.P. Emergency Loans

DANA Resource Page – COVID-19 Related Funding for Nonprofits

NEH Cares: Cultural Organizations 

NEH Restrictions

Grant funds cannot be used for any of the following purposes:  

  • Activities that promote a particular political, religious or ideological point of view
  • Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
  • Support of specific public policies or legislation
  • Lobbying
  • Programming that falls outside of the humanities
  • Purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
  • Purchase of food or beverages (including alcohol)
  • Archival acquisitions
  • Prizes, awards or scholarships
  • Foreign travel
  • Fundraising
  • Endowment contributions
  • Regranting of funds


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