NASHVILLE — Humanities Tennessee announces a grant program, Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP), made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on March 11.

This program will distribute more than $940,000 in grants to organizations across the state of Tennessee.

The purpose of SHARP grants is to support jobs in the humanities, keep humanities organizations open, and assist in the response to and recovery from the needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants may focus on humanities projects or leveraging operational support stemming the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They may also help organizations begin the long process of response and recovery to the pandemic.

“We expect these grants to help repair some of the damage and disruption caused by COVID and the related quarantines over the past year-and-a-half,” said Tim Henderson, executive director of Humanities Tennessee.

“Our communities have been hit hard and are still suffering. These grants are meant to support organizations all over the state that are using the humanities to recover from the injuries of an extended period of stress and isolation.”

For Applicants

Organizations must request access to the application platform, at which time eligibility will be confirmed. Application deadline is November 20, 2021.

Grants recipients will be notified by mid-December and all awards will be distributed by Dec. 31.

Eligibility, criteria, application guidelines, and resources for applications may all be found at https://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs-grants/our-grants/american-rescue-plan-grant-program/.