WASHINGTON, DC – HumanitiesDC, the DC-affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded 18 DC cultural institutions with a total of $540,000 in grant funding.

The funds are a part of the $135 million received by the NEH as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Each of the 56 state humanities councils received a portion of the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) funds to support museums, historic sites, archives, and other humanities-based nonprofit organizations that have experienced financial hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

View a full list of grantees here.

“HumanitiesDC is dedicated to strengthening the human ties that connect our city’s communities and residents,” said Executive Director Rebecca Lemos-Otero. “It is an understatement to say that the past year and a half has been a challenge. Humanities-focused organizations have had to simultaneously care for their staff while devising new ways to deliver high quality programming and opportunities for District residents to reflect, heal and reunite with one another. We hope that the funds distributed through SHARP help these 18 organizations continue to recover quickly while continuing to serve our city’s communities.”

The MusicianShip, a youth development organization that offers a wide range of music education programs, received $40,000 in SHARP funds, and will use their grant award for staff salaries.

“The funds provided by HumanitiesDC’s SHARP grant will enable The MusicianShip to support and amplify the rich cultural history of U Street through the DC Funk Parade, bringing the Spirit of Funk to over 35,000 Washingtonians and visitors,” said Amber Pannocchia, Executive Director. “While the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the District into isolation, with the support of HumanitiesDC, The MusicianShip will be able to safely bring people together for a day of joy and continue to support our mission of serving the community.”

In addition to SHARP funds, HumanitiesDC also offers several grant opportunities that are aimed at supporting humanities-based projects and organizations that help strengthen our civic engagement, unite us during times of triumph and tragedy, provide us with new insights, and make District of Columbia neighborhoods better places to live. For more information about these funding opportunities and programs, please visit the HumanitiesDC website at www.HumanitiesDC.org.


HumanitiesDC is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With the support of the NEH, the DC City Council, and contributions from the private sector, HumanitiesDC works to fulfill its mission of enriching the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants.