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Northern Marianas Humanities Council COVID-19 Relief Grant 

Northern Marianas Humanities Council will award up to $15,000 in grants to support the general operations of CNMI-based humanities and cultural non-profits and $10,000 in fees to humanities scholars, experts, practitioners, and other individual participants in humanities programming. These grants are specifically for individuals and organizations located in the CNMI. Support is intended as emergency relief funding to sustain operational expenses, including fees to individuals, to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests for funding will be reviewed internally on a rolling basis and the fund will remain active until all monies have been committed. Applicants should expect a response within 14 business days of application.
Funding for this grant has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress.
NMHC COVID-19 Relief Grants are primarily for immediate relief and anticipated losses to organizations and individuals between the period March 15, 2020 - October 31, 2020. 
Total funds available for distribution: $242,700.00
Eligibility Requirements:
For Organizations:For Individuals:
1. Must be a CNMI-based non-profit group, a museum, or library.

2. Demonstrate a need for resources to mitigate impact of COVID-19 on operations and/or programming for the period March 15, 2020 – October 31, 2020.

3. Must support activities that provide public humanities-based programs.

4. Non-eligible organizations: a group focused primarily on the arts, a religious group, a government agency, a K-12 school or college/university.
1. Must be an adult (18 years of age or older) and a resident in the CNMI for at least one year prior to application submission date.

Consistent with the intent of the legislation and NEH policy, humanities scholars and other individuals participating in humanities programming and projects must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

2. Must be a humanities scholar, expert, practitioner, or participant in humanities programming.

3. Must demonstrate actual and/or anticipated loss of fees in connection to planned participation in humanities-based projects or activities between March 15, 2020 – October 31, 2020.

Application Deadlines:
The Council will review applications in batches submitted prior to the following deadlines:
Round 1: May 15, 2020
Round 2: June 19, 2020
Round 3: July 31, 2020
Grant Requirements:
Awardees are expected to comply with certification and reporting requirements associated with the use of grant funds.  A report on the use and impact of grant funds is due 90 days after an award.

Review Process: 
COVID-19 Relief Grant applications are reviewed by the Council’s Program Committee using a Reader Rubric as a guide to making awards. 
Our goal is to make awards within two weeks of stated deadlines and until grant funds available for this purpose are exhausted.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Reader Rubric found under the COVID-19 Relief Grant Materials section on this page to learn more about how applicants will be evaluated.
How to apply:
Interested applicants must complete the COVID-19 Relief Grant application form online located at this link: in a new window
IMPORTANT: Applicants are encouraged to first download and respond to application prompts and questions offline using a COVID-19 Relief Grant – application questions (*doc) file.  This is available as a link found under the COVID-19 Relief Grant Materials section on this page.  Completing a form offline will ensure that your application is saved and you are able to complete the online application on your first attempt.
COVID-19 Relief Grant Materials:
Link to online application:
Application Questions for Individuals (*doc)
 Application Questions for Organizations (*doc)
Reader Rubric for Individual Applicants (*pdf)
Reader Rubric for Applicant Organizations (*pdf)
Title of Article:Date Published:Organization:Link to Article:
Humanities Council Awards COVID-19 Relief GrantsJune 18, 2020 Saipan TribuneArticle Published on Saipan Tribune
Humanities Council Awards COVID-19 Relief GrantJune 18, 2020Marianas VarietyArticle Published on Marianas Variety
NMHC Seeks Applicants for COVID-19 Relief Grant ProgramMay 07, 2020Saipan TribuneArticle Published on Saipan Tribune
Northern Marianas Humanities Council Announces COVID-19 Relief Grant for Cultural Non-Profits and Participants in Humanities Programming May 04, 2020Marianas VarietyArticle Published on Marianas Variety

For Questions and Assistance:

Please send all inquiries to  We will respond by email or call you upon your request.
This program is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this grant opportunity do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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