Delaware Humanities Awards over $620k in Grants to Delaware Organizations Through the American Rescue Plan Act

February 11, 2022 10:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

Delaware Humanities

Delaware Humanities has awarded $620,153 to 36 organizations in Delaware through its RECOVER and RENEW grants, which are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Grant recipients include cultural, historical, and community-based organizations such as the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, Jewish Historical Society of Delaware, Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware, and many others.

RECOVER grants were awarded to supply general operating support to organizations for the purpose of preventing, preparing for, responding to, or recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. RENEW grants offered support for implementing specific humanities programming and activities addressing one or more of the purposes of the ARPA grants. They expanded on the RECOVER General Operating Support Grants to include strategic planning, transitioning to virtual or alternative formats due to the impact of Covid-19, and capacity building efforts. All recipients are Delaware 501(c)(3) organizations, public institutions of higher education, state and local government agencies, libraries, or performing/visual arts organizations. Grantees received a maximum of $20,000 in funding. For a full list of awardees and grant amounts, visit

These awards mark the largest distribution of funding Delaware Humanities has ever allocated in a single grant cycle. The funding will help sustain the humanities in Delaware in the wake of the ongoing pandemic as organizations continue to respond to the unique and evolving challenges of COVID-19.

According to Delaware Humanities’ Grants Officer Erin Samarasinghe, “We were gratified to receive funding requests for ARPA Grants that exceeded the amount we were allotted, making the process more competitive and ensuring that the final 36 awards given were truly exceptional in design. The RECOVER and RENEW grants gave us the opportunity to broaden our own grant-making focus by encouraging organizations to turn inward to reflect on Covid-19’s impact, which we know was wide-ranging in its scope. RENEW grants in particular provide the freedom to respond to that impact with innovation and action.”

Delaware Humanities is Delaware’s independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Founded in 1973, Delaware Humanities strengthens our communities by encouraging all Delawareans to be inspired, informed, and engaged through exploring the diversity of the human experience.

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