As part of the March 2020 CARES Act, Ohio Humanities received $765,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help cultural nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. These funds have been distributed to 108 organizations across the state of Ohio.

Ohio Humanities was able to help museums, historical societies, libraries, and other cultural organizations weather the challenges of the past few months. Grants ranged from $495 up to $10,000. Organizations used these funds to cover basic costs, retain staff, create distance virtual programming, and prepare to reopen in a disease-shaped environment.

When Ohio Humanities was founded nearly a half-century ago to support public humanities programming across the state, little could we imagine then that we would also be called upon to support our nonprofit partners in the midst of an ongoing pandemic and economic crisis.  The board and staff of Ohio Humanities appreciate the opportunity to help preserve Ohio’s history, heritage, and culture for contemporary and future audiences.

Review a list of CARES grants made by Ohio Humanities.

For questions, please contact:

Patricia N. Williamsen, Executive Director


David J. Merkowitz, Assistant Director