Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Emergency Relief Grants Awarded to Guam Nonprofits Affected by COVID-19

Humanities Guåhan supports the important work of nonprofit organizations that inspire our community to explore and preserve our shared heritage. These organizations help us connect to our histories, understand our rich diversity, express our identities and tell our stories. They help us embody our best selves.

In light of the serious challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that the work of these organizations continues.

We are therefore excited to announce that nine nonprofit organizations in Guam received a total of $170,000 in grant funding through Humanities Guåhan’s SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the ARP Act) Emergency Relief Grant Program, made possible by funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

This past fall, we accepted submissions for two grant opportunities: HG SHARP Grants for Cultural and Humanities Nonprofits and HG SHARP Grants for Other Nonprofits. Cultural and humanities-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Guam applied for up to $20,000 in relief funds for general operations and pre-planned programs taking place in late 2021–2022. Other Nonprofit organizations applied for up to $20,000 in relief funds to use toward expenses for pre-planned cultural or humanities education programs taking place in late 2021–2022.

Five cultural and humanities-based organizations were awarded a total of $90,000 and four other nonprofits organizations were awarded a total of $80,000.



“Humanities Guåhan is, once again, honored to support these invaluable nonprofit organizations that provide critical cultural programming for our community. Their work provides meaningful and uplifting opportunities for engagement during this very challenging time. We look forward to working closely with them in successfully carrying out their important projects throughout 2022,stated Executive Director Kimberlee Kihleng.

For more information on our SHARP Emergency Relief Grant Program, see our press release here.