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National Humanities Alliance Newsletter Covers COVID-19 Crisis Resources

Wednesday, April 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez
Note: This is the National Humanities Alliance's most recent newsletter focusing on support for humanities institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. 



NEH Releases FAQs on Emergency Funding

The NEH released FAQs regarding the $75 million they received in the CARES Act, which the president signed into law late last Friday. According to the FAQs, the emergency funding will be used to “support at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and other cultural nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus.” The NEH also addresses questions current grantees and future applicants may have. The NEH plans to have updated information and guidelines for COVID-19 relief grants by the end of April. 

Surveying the Impact of COVID-19 on Humanities Institutions

We are launching a survey today to better understand how the humanities community is responding to the COVID-19 crisis so we can better advocate for the crucial role of humanities organizations in these challenging times. This survey is designed for humanities institutions and organizationsincluding libraries, museums, humanities centers, humanities departments, and scholarly societiesto share the ways they are serving their constituencies/communities in the face of the crisis as well as their financial and programmatic challenges. Please take a minute to fill out the survey here and circulate it widely. 

Applications for Payroll Protection Program forgivable loans begin Friday

Nonprofits are eligible for forgivable loans from the Small Business Administration to support operating expenses. The loans will be implemented through local lenders. Organizations interested in participating in the program should immediately consult their local lender, attorney, or auditor for additional information. Applications will be accepted by local lenders beginning Friday, April 3, on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for a fact sheet from the Small Business Administration. Click here for a sample application.

Availability for Guest Presentations and Workshops

As you plan virtual programming and courses for the remainder of the semester, please note that NHA staff is available to NHA member organizations and institutions to speak with your students and/or colleagues on a variety of topics including:

  • federal humanities advocacy;
  • publicly engaged humanities work in higher ed;
  • strategies for recruiting undergraduates to the humanities; and
  • documenting and communicating the impact of humanities programs and courses

If you are interested in a guest presentation or a facilitated workshop on one of these topics (or you would like to propose another topic), please respond to this message and we will match you with the appropriate staff member.

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