Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP)


New Hampshire Humanities SHARP Grants  

The 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) allocated significant funds to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist organizations impacted by the pandemic. The NEH subsequently apportioned $51.6 million to the nation’s state humanities councils through its Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) program, with the intention that the councils would disseminate the funds to humanities and cultural organizations across their respective states.

New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) encourages all New Hampshire-based humanities organizations, cultural institutions, and other eligible non-profits to apply for SHARP grants, which will provide operational and/or programmatic support to help organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may request up to $20,000. There is no match or cost-share requirement. 

Applications were due by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 6, 2021.  All grant funded expenses or activities must begin no later than December 1, 2021, and end before November 30, 2022.

If you have any additional questions, please contact NHH Community Project Grant Program Manager, Agnes Burt ( 




Grant Amount : Organizations may request up to $20,000 in general operating support. Applicants may not receive the full amount requested and are unlikely to receive more than 10% of their annual operating budget. Organizations are unlikely to receive more than $10,000 to support program-related expenses.

Award Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate how their use of SHARP grants will fulfill the goals of the American Rescue Plan Act: to help organizations “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus” pandemic.

All expenses and activities must take place within the defined grant period. The grant period will begin the day the application is submitted and must conclude on or before November 30, 2022.

Award recipients will be required to submit a Final Report to New Hampshire Humanities within thirty days of the end of its use of grant funds or no later than December 30, 2022.

For more information regarding the use of funds, including eligible expenses and restrictions on funds, please download and read the SHARP Guidelines available at the botton of this page.

How to Apply

Application deadline

5:00 pm, August 6, 2021

Required materials

To submit your application: