Supporting Idaho's Humanities-Based Organizations

CARES Act grants

The Idaho Humanities Council has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  The funding is for grants to eligible Idaho humanities organizations (defined below). These funds may be used for the organization’s general operating support for public humanities programming as well as the development of specific humanities programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be accepted via IHC’s online grant management system. If you do not have an account, you may create one by selecting the "Create New Account" button at this link.

Cost-share is not required but is welcomed.

Page updated on August 14, 2020 to reflect new deadlines and funding tiers.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Be a 501(c)(3) organization recognized  by the Internal Revenue Service, educational institution, or local, state, or tribal government. For profit organizations are not eligible.

Have a primary mission that is humanities-focused and offer publicly accessible humanities programs serving Idahoans. The NEH has defined the humanities as including (but not limited to) history, literature, languages, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, archaeology, ethics, the social sciences when they employ humanistic perspectives, and the history, theory, and criticism of the arts.

Maintain a primary business address in Idaho.

Have a current Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Click here on the process of obtaining a DUNS numbers.

Application Deadlines

September 15th
October 15th*

*Dependent on Funding Availability

Allowable Costs

  • General Operating Support for eligible humanities organizations (salaries, rent, utilities)
  • Equipment needed to provide virtual humanities programming (e.g. computers w/cameras, Zoom or other virtual platform subscriptions, etc.)
  • Scholar honoraria and other costs associated with programming that explores the impacts of and responses to COVID-19 on Idaho

Funds May Not be Used for

  • advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
  • support of specific public policies or legislation
  • lobbying
  • purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
  • projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies)

Award Amounts

The CARES Act funds will be distributed to eligible organizations only. The final amount of each award will be based on the organization’s annual operating budget and will depend on how many applications are received. Estimated awards are as follows:

Maximum Funding levels:

Operating Budget under $100,000                                             $2,500

Operating Budget under $500,000                                             $5,000

Operating Budget under $1,000,000                                           $7,500

Operating Budget over $1,000,000                                             $10,000

Operating Budget over $2,000,000                                            $15,000


Please contact Doug Exton, IHC Program Officer, at

Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.