Q: We don’t use the word “humanities” in our mission statement. Is that a problem?
A: No. To be eligible you must do a significant amount of humanities programming.
Q: How do I know if my organization is doing “significant” humanities programming?
A: Please describe your programming as requested in the application and make your case.
Q: My museum/library/historical society is attached to the city government, are we eligible?
A: Some museums and libraries are affiliated with units of local or Tribal government. These organizations are eligible for funding and are not required to have 501(c)3 status, however all other eligibility criteria are required. If your museum or library has a foundation or friends group with 501(c)3 status, they may apply on behalf of your library or museum. Eligibility is based on criteria for the museum or library, not the support organization.
Q: Are churches and food pantries eligible?
A: Yes, any organization may be eligible if it provides humanities programs to the public as a significant part of its mission. Organizations that define their mission as religious or social service must present strong evidence that the humanities (i.e. the study of literature, history, etc) are central to a significant portion of its programming.
Q: My organization serves the homeless/abused/elderly/disabled/hungry through social services. Are we eligible?
A: Any organization may be eligible if it provides humanities programs to the public as a significant part of its mission. Organizations that define their mission as social service must present strong evidence that the humanities (i.e. the study of literature, history, etc) are central to a significant portion of its programming.
Q: We’ve had 501(c)(3) status for a long time but just began operations in Wisconsin. Are we eligible?
A: To be eligible, an organization must be physically based In Wisconsin and have been in operation for at least two years.
Q: Is my arts organization eligible if we also get funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board?
A: Organizations that apply for Wisconsin Arts Board funding are also eligible to apply for Wisconsin Humanities CARES grants.
Q: My organization is attached to the University but not technically a department are we eligible?
A: If your organization has its own 501(c)3 that is not associated with a college or university it is eligible.
Q: Are matching funds required?
A: No. The emergency relief grants are for general operating expenses only and do not require matching funds.
Q: Does my organization need a DUNS number in order to apply?
A: As required by federal guidelines, applicants must have a DUNS number in order to receive funds. A DUNS number can take up to two business days to receive. You may acquire a DUNS number from the DUNS Request Service website.
Q: Doesn’t it take a long time to get a DUNS? What if we don’t get it in time?
A: It ordinarily takes 2 business days to receive a DUNS number. Applicants must have a valid DUNS number at the time that they submit their application.
Q: When do I have to apply?
A: The first CARES grant round closed May 15. A round 2 July application deadline will be announced in early June.
Q: Do we need a fiscal sponsor or fiscal agent?
A: The organization that is applying for the grant must also receive the funds. There is no separate organization termed “fiscal sponsor.” You do need a person from your organization – a staff person or board member, for example — to act as the fiscal agent. This person cannot be same person as the project director.
Q: Can the Project Director and the Fiscal Agent be the same person?
A: No. The “Fiscal Agent” is the person responsible for maintaining financial records of grant expenditures and submitting financial reports to the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The “Project Director” is the person responsible for the submission of the grant application. The “Project Director” and the “Fiscal Agent” must be two different people.
Q: Can you send me the application?
A: Because of the volume of applications and because WHC staff are working remotely from their homes, all CARES applications must be submitted electronically through the application portal on this website.
Q: Do we have to pay the money back?
Q: How much are the grants?
A: The maximum grant award is $10,000.
Q: Do the grants need to be used for humanities projects?
A: No. The CARES Relief Grants are intended to aid non-profit organizations that are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Grants are for general operating expenses only, such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment. Organizations seeking humanities project support should apply for a WHC mini or major grant.
Q: When will we find out if we receive a grant?
A: Applications will be reviewed and decisions announced via email within 15 days of the application deadline.