Colorado Sustaining Humanities American Rescue Plan (COSHARP) grants aim to provide general operating support to organizations to recover from the economic hardship due to the cancellation of or changes to their public humanities activities as a result of Covid.
The fund will provide at least $760,000 to support Colorado-based public humanities and cultural organizations. Organizations may use grant funds for any operating costs resulting from Covid to support their capacity for continued implementation of public humanities activities. Eligible expense items include, but are not limited to, any of the following costs:
Staff salaries, payroll taxes, and fringe benefits for programmatic and administrative personnel
Rent or mortgage payments
Professional fees, including honoraria and stipends for humanities advisors, interviewees, technical consultants, etc.
Technical expenses incurred to make programming available online or digitally, including training, hosting, equipment, and more
Supplies and materials for all organizational activities
Administrative (e.g. phone, postage, photocopying, and printing)
Marketing (e.g., design, printing, distribution, ad placement)
Documentation (e.g., videography of events)
Applicants may request up to $20,000. Any organization of any size may request up to the maximum grant amount. However, all grant funds must be spent on qualified expenses by the end of the grant period, June 30, 2022.
Applications will be accepted from Colorado-based nonprofit agencies and organizations with a minimum four-year organizational history whose work in the public humanities in Colorado has been impacted by Covid. Applicants must demonstrate this need through either economic hardship due to loss of income as a result of loss of programming opportunities and/or revenue sources, or unanticipated expenses incurred due to cancelled or modified programming or project activities (e.g., adapting in-person programming to online).
Current Colorado Humanities partners MAY apply, as long as the activities supported by COSHARP grants do not directly overlap with expenses already supported through contracts or agreements with Colorado Humanities. Colorado Humanities Grant Review Committee members who also serve on the staff or Board of an applicant organization may not review the application, and they may not be compensated from COSHARP grant funds for any goods or services they provide.
Multiple departments, centers, or branches operating within a larger entity (for example, a university or public library or museum system) may apply for separate grants. However, no more than two grants will be awarded within a larger entity.
To accomplish the mission of Colorado Humanities, we will consider as part of our decision-making process geographic and cultural diversity, increasing equity and inclusion, and reaching communities that currently or historically have been underserved with humanities programming.
COSHARP Grant funds may not support:
Unallowable expenses as defined in 2 CFR 200 Subpart E – Cost Principles
indirect costs on general operating support subawards
overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding and/or approved federal awards
funds for activities supported by other non-NEH federal funds
pre-award costs prior to March 15, 2021
equipment costs in excess of 20% of total project costs
travel (both foreign and domestic)
construction, purchase of real property, major alteration and renovation
the preservation, organization, or description of materials that are not regularly accessible for research, education, or public programming
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
projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences, including the creation or performance of art (Visual, Literary, Music, Theatre, Dance); creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies. If your organization’s mission is the creation, display, or performance of art, please apply for funds through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) or Colorado Creative Industries (CCI)
empirically based social science research or policy studies
Here are some examples of what does and does not qualify
A theater company that solely holds public performances of classic or new plays does NOT qualify.
A theater company that also holds a series of lectures in humanities topics such as history, jurisprudence, philosophy, ethics, literature, or language MAY qualify.
An art museum engaged solely in the display of art does NOT qualify.
An art museum that offers lectures or classes in art history MAY qualify.
An art school engaged solely in art instruction does NOT qualify.
An art school that offers classes in art history MAY qualify.
A social service organization that provides food, rental assistance, short-term housing, does NOT qualify.
Although current Colorado Humanities board members may serve as advisors or consultants to projects, they may not be compensated from Colorado Humanities grant funds for any goods or services they provide.