Wyoming Humanities will direct funds from the federal CARES Act, through the National Endowment for the Humanities, to meet the emergency relief needs of our state's nonprofit organizations in order to help sustain and grow the cultural arts and public humanities in Wyoming.
Due to a high volume of requests, Wyoming Humanities can no longer accept applications for Wyoming Cultural CARES grants.
Wyoming Cultural CARES grants are designed to ensure cultural organizations can continue to provide opportunities for our state’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time and in the future. Funding can be used for salary support and operations support. No match is required for these grants. These are rapid-response grants, with the application process opening on Friday, May 8; all applications received by noon on Friday, May 15,will be considered in the first review. Notification of awards will be within seven days (no later than May 22). This rolling application process will remain open only while funding remains, with weekly deadlines at noon on Friday of each week with a seven-day notification.
Grants between $5,000 to $15,000 will be made to Wyoming cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the availability of funds and expected need, Wyoming Humanities has implemented caps on general operating support requests. These caps are related to the nonprofits's annual operating budget.
Please note the request caps:
For help with the application or the online portal, or if you have questions that are not answered below, please contact Erin Pryor Ackerman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (307) 721-9248.
Museums, libraries,historic sites, preservation & historical societies, and community and cultural organizations with a significant humanities focus on the values advanced by Wyoming Humanities are eligible: enhancing the creative economy;engaging communities to improve quality of life; raising cultural awareness to expand the Wyoming Narrative; promoting civics and democracy; fostering critical thinking and lifelong learning.
Review and Award Criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on:
These are rapid-response grants; all applications received by noon on Friday, May 15,will be considered in the first review. Notification of awards will be within seven days (no later than May 22). This rolling application process will remain open only while funding remains, with weekly deadlines at noon on Friday of each week with a seven-day notification.
All applications must be submitted using Wyoming Humanities’ online grant portal. If your organization has not recently applied for a grant from WYH, you may need to create an account.Please see the online grant portal for registration requirements. Past applicants may log in using their existing credentials.
The final report will ask for:
Reports will be due within 45 days of the organization’s estimate of when funds would be expended (funds must be used before Oct. 31, 2020).
Please note recipients of these funds may be asked to participate in conversations and data collection about how COVID-19 is impacting cultural organizations in Wyoming.