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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Funding – 

Applications for assistance through the ARP Act funding via Missouri Humanities are now available. 

Missouri Humanities is accepting applications for funding under the American Rescue Plan Act. In conjunction with our state’s bicentennial year, the objective of this statewide initiative – funded through Missouri Humanities with revenues totaling $975,726 received via the National Endowment for the Humanities, as directed by Congress in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act – strives to develop and utilize our rich history and vibrant cultural heritage to stimulate economic revitalization in Missouri, with a special emphasis on rural economic development. Missouri Humanities, as do all State Humanities Councils, seeks to serve the smallest and most vulnerable communities and institutions across our state, consistently reaching into areas that receive few other cultural resources. As such, Missouri Humanities will focus entirely on small to mid-sized cultural organizations and entities that emphasize a local, intrastate regional, or statewide reach. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Federation of State Humanities Councils recognize that Missouri Humanities maintains an excellent relationship with local humanities organizations throughout the cultural sectors of the state. With this new discretionary funding source, we intend to restore and sustain their core activities to spur economic revitalization across Missouri, especially in the rural areas.

Application Deadline: September 1st, 2021

The above guidelines are subject to change. 

About the ARP Act Grants – 

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced two new funding opportunities to rapidly distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funding to cultural organizations and educational institutions adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. These funding opportunities will provide direct grants to individual humanities institutions and grantmaking organizations to distribute as competitive subawards to affected organizations and individuals. These two grant programs aim to help the humanities community recover from the economic burdens of the pandemic, enable the reopening of humanities institutions and programs, and support the retention of the humanities workforce. NEH especially encourages applications from underserved and minority-serving institutions and organizations.

“As it has been for most of the country, this past year has been an extremely difficult one for our nation’s cultural institutions,” said NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson. “The economic fallout of the pandemic has led to cutbacks, closures, furloughs, and layoffs at museums, colleges and universities, historical sites and societies, archives and libraries of every size. NEH is grateful to members of Congress and President Biden for their recognition of the vital role that humanities organizations play in our economy and our communities. Through both direct grants and support for grantmaking organizations in the humanities, NEH will work quickly to distribute this much-needed American Rescue Plan relief funding to help restore the health of our cultural and educational institutions and bring economic recovery to the thousands of Americans they employ.”