Emergency Grant Funding due to COVID-19.

The National Endowment for the Humanities was included in the CARES Act funding and 40% of the funds will be awarded to state humanities councils to support subawards to eligible entities for humanities programming and general operating support. There is no matching requirement for CARES Act funding. Kentucky Humanities is discussing grant application procedures internally and will post procedures and guidelines as soon as we can. The one thing we do know is that any entity that is granted a subaward must be registered in SAM (the federal government system for award management.) This can take time to get registered, but does not cost anything. If you are interested in applying for some of these emergency grant funds, please go ahead and get registered in SAM. For information on how to register, please email Kathleen Pool at


Minigrants are now available beginning 2/1/2020. 

Since its creation in 1972, Kentucky Humanities, with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions, has supported public programs in the humanities throughout the Commonwealth.

Public humanities programs include, but are not limited to: conferences, lectures, radio and video productions, exhibits, teacher training and development of curricular materials, interpretive programs for festivals, book discussions, and planning for future projects. These humanities programs should be directed at adults and families, not to the classroom.

The humanities are fields of study primarily concerned with values, ideas, and language, including, but not limited to: history, literature; philosophy; language; linguistics; jurisprudence; archaeology; history and philosophy of art, medicine or science; folklore; religious studies; and those aspects of the social sciences (political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology) which employ a philosophical or historical approach.

Kentucky Humanities
206 E. Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 257-5932