Disaster Relief Grants

2022 Kentucky Disaster Relief Grant

Organizations are invited to apply for grants up to $20,000. Application deadline is November 17, 2022.

Kentucky Humanities requested and received a special request for Emergency Supplemental Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support cultural institutions that experienced catastrophic damage from the storms in 2022. 
We will begin accepting grant applications immediately to support these institutions.  This federal funding is made available through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist cultural institutions affected by the severe storms in July of 2022 that resulted in President Biden declaring a state of emergency in 18 Kentucky counties. These counties include Breathitt, Clay, Cumberland, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Whitley, and Wolfe.
Disaster Relief Grants will support archival recovery, exhibit reconstruction, clean-up costs, strategic planning or capacity building to recover from disaster, relocation costs or storage expense, or other costs to reinstate humanities programming. 
All grantees must have a UEI number in order to be eligible to receive federal funds. 
Grantees must comply with civil rights, budget allocations, record keeping, reporting, licensing of media, insurance, acknowledgment of KH and NEH in all funded activities, and other general compliance issues.

Funds may not be used for the following purposes:
  • 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, legislation, or lobbying
  • purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation (unless directly impacting a humanities program)
  • overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding

Application for Disaster Relief Grant


Two additional documents are needed to support your application: 1. signed w-9 form;  2. grant budget.  At the end of the online application you can upload these documents prior to submitting your application. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to go back into the application and make changes or add attachments. After submitting your application, if you did not attach these documents, you can email them to or mail them to Kentucky Humanities at 206 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40508. All materials should be received by November 17, 2022.

Grants will range from $2,000 - $20,000.

This is the person on record that is responsible for the overall management of the grant and will receive the grant award notice, complete the final project director's report, and will be the primary person that Kentucky Humanities communicates with.
This is the person that is designated by the organization to enter into grant agreements for the organization.
This is the person that will be responsible for the financial reports on this grant. The Fiscal Officer and the Project Director must be two different people.
Please indicate as follows: full-time - XX employees, part-time - XX employees
Please describe how your operations changed because of the disaster. Have you reduced staff, operating hours, in-person events, etc. How have you adapted?
List name of the source(s) and the amount received/pledged. Please include funds/pledges confirmed or applied for to date from private donors, foundations, government agencies, etc.
Additional attachments to support your online application
Organizations applying for the 2022 Kentucky Disaster Relief grant should upload the required attachments or mail a copy to our office prior to November 17, 2022. Our mailing address is
Kentucky Humanities
206 E. Maxwell St.
Lexington, KY 40508
If you prefer, attachments can be emailed to
Attachments include: 

Once you submit your online application, you will receive a message that says "Someone will be in touch with you shortly." This message is an indication that your submission was successful. Kentucky Humanities staff will begin processing applications immediately and assign your proposal a grant number and confirm all the necessary attachments are received. Grants will be reviewed as quickly as possible after the November 17 deadline by our grant review committee. If we have any questions about your proposal, we will be in touch.
You will be notified as soon as possible after the deadline if your application was approved. You will also be notified if your application is not approved.
Please feel free to call Kathleen Pool at 859/257-5472 or email if you have any questions.