Humanities Guåhan: CARES Act funding available for nonprofits affected by COVID-19

Humanities Guahan CARES Act grant guidelines

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program funding is now available for a wide range of nonprofits and individuals who provide public cultural and humanity programs on Guam.

Grant funding from this program does not require a match.

Humanities Guåhan is accepting submissions for three grant opportunities:

HG CARES Grants for Individuals: Guam-based public humanities scholars, recognized traditional teachers and cultural experts with planned public humanities work for 2020, who have been affected financially by the pandemic, may now apply for up to $5,000 in relief funds to continue their work.

HG CARES Grants for Cultural and Humanities Nonprofits: Cultural and humanities based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Guam that are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to apply for up to $10,000 in relief funds, for general operations and program expenses.

This grant opportunity was announced in May 2020, and recipients of this grant include Duk Duk Goose, Inc., Inetnon Gefpå’go Cultural Arts Program, Pacific Historic Parks, and Guåhan Sustainable Culture.

HG CARES Grants for Other Nonprofits: With the expansion of the grant program, funds are now available to other nonprofit organizations in Guam for planned cultural and humanities programs. Potential grantees may apply for up to $10,000 in relief funds and use them toward program expenses only.

Humanities scholars, cultural experts, and small organizations with limited resources or limited access to support, as well as organizations that serve underserved communities, are encouraged to apply.

“During this challenging time, we believe it’s necessary to expand our grant funding to our island community, to include not only Guam-based nonprofit cultural and humanities-based organizations, but also other nonprofits as well as humanities scholars and cultural experts,” said Humanities Guåhan Executive Director Dr. Kimberlee Kihleng. “We thank the National Endowment for the Humanities for making this funding possible through the federal CARES Act, and Humanities Guåhan looks forward to working with local organizations and individuals over the next weeks and months to ensure their essential community work continues.”

Applications for these grant opportunities are available for submission online at  Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2020 or until grant funds are no longer available.

Guam-based nonprofits must be registered with the Government of Guam or the U.S. federal government. These nonprofits are also required to have a DUNS number to be eligible to apply, in accordance with federal funding conditions.

For more information on eligibility requirements, specific grant guidelines, and application previews, visit, or contact Bernice Santiago at

Humanities Guåhan is a nonprofit organization that provides foundational support and educational programs for the people of Guam. The mission of Humanities Guåhan is to foster community engagement and dialogue, inspire critical thinking, celebrate diversity and enrich the quality of life of island residents through the power of the humanities.

Further Resources: 

Humanities Guåhan’s CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program