As part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received an additional $135 million in supplemental funding to distribute as emergency relief to support economic recovery for cultural institutions adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Through this effort, Maryland Humanities was allocated $910,000 to distribute to non-profit organizations that provide opportunities for Maryland’s communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this continued unprecedented time.
After receiving and reviewing over 140 applications, Maryland Humanities awarded $10,000 grants to 91 organizations across the state of Maryland.
Below is a list of the organizations that were selected to receive general operating support grants through the SHARP Recovery Fund. This effort was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as legislated in the American Rescue Plan of 2021 enacted by the U.S. Congress.
For questions, email our grants team at SHARP@mdhumanities.org.
Did your organization receive a SHARP recovery grant?
Final reports for all SHARP Recovery grants are due on June 30th, 2022. These can be completed through our grants portal, accessible in the link below.
Grant Recipients By County
- Allegany CountyAllegany Museum
Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation
Frostburg Museum Association, Inc.
Historic Frostburg, a Maryland Main Street Community, Inc.
- Anne Arundel CountyCaptain Avery Museum
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Friends of the Rising Sun Inn
Galesville Community Center
Lost Towns Project, Inc.
- Baltimore CityCHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive
Muse 360 Arts
Raymond Banks ‘A Way With Words’ Foundation
Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures, Inc.
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Association, Inc.
Writers in Baltimore Schools
- Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Historical Society, Inc.
Friends of Jerusalem Mill
Maryland Lynching Memorial Project
Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County
Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.
Writing Hearts, Inc.
- Calvert CountyBayside History Museum
Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
- Carroll CountyDowntown Sykesville Connection, Inc.
Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc.
- Cecil CountyHistorical Society of Cecil County
Women’s Civic League of North East
- Charles CountyFarm Heritage Conservancy
Friends of Maxwell Hall Inc
Life Journeys Writers Club
Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park
Neighborhood Creative Arts Center
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
- Dorchester CountyAlpha Genesis Community Development Corporation
Dorchester County Historical Society
Groove City Black Heritage & Culture Group Inc.
Richardson Maritime Museum, Inc.
- Frederick CountyAfrican-American Resources Cultural Heritage Society (AARCH)
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc.
Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
Frederick County Landmarks Foundation
Global Z Recording Project
- Garrett CountyGarrett Lakes Arts Festival
- Harford CountyThe Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse
The Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc.
Hosanna Community House, Inc.
Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace, Inc.
- Kent CountyEastern Shore Heritage, Inc.
G.A.R. Post #25, Inc. (Sumner Hall)
Historical Society of Kent County, Inc.
- Montgomery CountyChevy Chase Historical Society
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Menare Foundation, Inc.
Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd.
Sugarland Ethno History Project, Inc.
Warren Historic Site Committee, Inc.
- Prince George's CountyBold Beautiful Brilliant Girls Youth Empowerment Group
Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, Inc.
Laurel Historical Society
National Capital Radio and Television Museum
National Museum of Language
Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Prince George’s County Historical Society, Inc.
- Somerset CountyCrisfield Heritage Foundation
Somerset County Historical Society
- St. Mary's CountyFriends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums
St. Mary’s County Historical Society
- Talbot CountyOxford Museum
Talbot Historical Society
Tilghman Waterman’s Museum
Waters Edge Museum
- Washington CountyBoonsboro Historical Society
Camp Ritchie Museum, Inc.
Doleman Black Heritage Museum, Inc.
Friends of Tolson’s Chapel
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, Inc.
Washington County Historical Society
- Worcester CountyBeach to Bay Heritage Area, Inc.
Berlin Heritage Foundation, Inc.
Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum, Inc.
Friends of the Julia A. Purnell Museum
Furnace Town Foundation
- Grant GuidelinesGeneral Information
No matching funds are required.
Grants will be available to non-profit organizations located in Maryland that provide humanities programming as a significant part of their mission and that are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Grants are for general operating expenses. These include salaries, professional development, rent, utilities, supplies, programs, and equipment.
No Letter of Intent Is Required For This Application
Application Opened: September 15, 2021
Application Deadline: September 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Award Date: October 29th, 2021
All applications will be evaluated after the close of the application period. Therefore, all applications submitted before the September 30th deadline will be evaluated equally.
To be eligible for a Maryland Humanities SHARP Grant, an organization must:
Offer humanities programming to Marylanders as a significant part of its mission. The humanities include disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy.
Be a nonprofit organization
Be physically located in Maryland and have Maryland residents as its primary audience.
Have a maximum total annual budget of $300,000.
Be experiencing or expect to experience financial hardship due to the effects of COVID-19 (examples include, but are not limited to, staffing cutbacks or reduction in work hours, suspension of programming or activities, or loss of revenue).
Obtain and retain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B), which uniquely identifies business entities. A DUNS number may be obtained from D&B by telephone at 866.705.5711 or by clicking here to register online or to look up your organization’s number. You need not have your DUNS number at the time of application.
Those not eligible for funding include:
Organizations with annual operating budgets of more than $300,000
Organizations solely focused on the creation or performance of art
Political or advocacy organizations
Government agencies and libraries
Universities, colleges, and academic departments
Activities not supported by this grant include:
Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
Support of specific public policies or legislation
Purchase of land or facilities, construction, or renovation
General operating support for humanities, heritage, and cultural organizations that have been financially impacted by COVID-19
Support organizations throughout all regions of the state
For questions, email our grants team at SHARP@mdhumanities.org.
Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for providing funding for the SHARP Recovery Grant through the American Rescue Plan of 2021.