PHC CARES: Emergency Relief Grants

Application period is now CLOSED.

PHC CARES grantees can download a copy of the PHC CARES final report,
due May 31, 2021.


Pennsylvania Humanities Council is offering PHC CARES, an emergency relief fund for humanities organizations facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

As part of the national Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which became law on March 27, 2020, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received funding to distribute to humanities-based nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. 

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) received a portion of these emergency relief funds to grant to the statewide public humanities community. Called PHC CARES, the goal of this fund is to help sustain Pennsylvania’s cultural infrastructure by supporting humanities organizations during this unprecedented time.

PHC CARES grant funds are for Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with a core humanities mission and related programming, serving residents in the state, and that are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. PHC is committed to equitable grantmaking and considers geographic diversity and the importance of reaching underrepresented communities in its funding decisions. 

PHC CARES Quick Facts

  • Award amount: Up to $10,000

  • Application period: June 1 - June 21

  • No funding match required.

  • Funds are intended for general operating and public humanities programming.

  • Funds from the NEH cannot support organizations whose missions center on the creation or performance of art, including creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction.

Grant Guidelines, FAQ, & Preview Application


Steps to apply

  1. Download and carefully review the grant guidelines, preview application, and FAQ.

  2. Verify that your organization meets all requirements and has access to the required information and documentation needed for the application.

  3. Click the "apply now" button below and then create a Submittable account, complete the eligibility assessment, and complete the online application before the June 21 deadline.  Note that applicants have the option of saving drafts and returning to them at their convenience. The Internet Explorer/Edge browser is not supported by Submittable. Chome is preferred.


Application period is now closed.



Questions? We can help!

PHC staff are happy to provide guidance on completing an application, determining eligibility, addressing budgetary questions, as well as troubleshooting technical difficulties with our electronic form. For any questions, please contact Celeste Vargo, PHC Grants Manager and Program Administrator 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.



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