With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $75 million to distribute to cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus, COVID-19. As the statewide affiliate for the NEH, Florida Humanities is honored to grant $850,000 in emergency funds through "Florida Humanities CARES" to cultural and heritage institutions across Florida affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Awards will be made on a rolling basis in order to provide organizations with expedited access to funds to bolster their at-risk general operating expenses in the wake of COVID-19, such as staffing costs (full-time and/or part-time), contracted services, rent, utilities, and other administrative costs.
No funding match is required, and eligible organizations can apply quickly through a streamlined, mobile-friendly application. Priority will be given to organizations with annual budgets of less than $150,000, and those that serve underrepresented populations or communities.
We request that you share (https://www.floridahumanities.org/cares) this link, as appropriate, through your communications channels. With your assistance, we can ensure that the organizations and communities in greatest need receive help.
Finally, I want to thank you for your leadership in local communities and across the state. We recognize that frontline workers in healthcare, public safety, food service, and transportation are vital to keeping our state running. The nonprofit sector is also playing a critical role. Libraries and museums are creating new digital programs or offering socially distant services. And nonprofits in healthcare, social services, and housing are also pushing innovative ideas to help those in need.
We are truly honored to call you colleagues and friends. Please do not hesitate to contact Florida Humanities Associate Director Patricia Putman at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the "Florida Humanities CARES" grant program.
Steven M. Seibert, J.D.