COVID-19 Relief CARES Act Grants (2020)

Oregon Humanities was one of fifty-six state and jurisdictional humanities councils to receive emergency relief funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities

A responsive review panel composed of staff and Oregon Humanities board members granted $460,500 for general operating and programmatic support to sixty-three organizations throughout the state in late May. We received 235 applications for the three tiers of granting with awards of $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000. The sixty-three final grantees represent organizations ranging from local historical societies to culturally-specific leadership-building organizations, located from Vale to Klamath Falls to Astoria. 

Applicants were notified about the status of their application no later than June 1, 2020.


  • Application opened: April 29, 2020
  • Priority deadline: May 10, 2020
  • Applicants notified: No later than June 1, 2020
  • Interim Report due by March 30, 2021
  • Final Report due by September 30, 2021

    * Each grantee was sent a unique reporting link. If you do not have your link, please email us at with your grant # in the subject line.


COVID-19 Emergency Fund Grantees

All of these grant recipients have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 National Emergency and Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order and the funds are intended to provide timely support so that organizations can continue to support their communities through their cultural and humanities focused programs. 

View map of grantees here:


Meet the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Recipients:

Tier 1: $5,000

Astoria Arts and Movement Center, Astoria 

Black Community of Portland, Portland  

Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts, Government Camp  

Celebrating Traditions; Native American Arts and Cultures, La Pine  

Driftwood Library Foundation of Lincoln City, Lincoln City 

Eastern Oregon Museum, Haines 

Ethiopian and Eritrean Cultural and Resource Center, Portland 

Friends of the Albany Public Library, Albany 

Friends of the Baker Heritage Museum, Baker City 

Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge, Inc., Sumpter 

Grupo Latino de Acción Directa, Eugene 

Kerbyville Museum Board, Kerby 

Klamath Film, Klamath Falls 

KXCR, 90.7 FM, Florence 

Libraries Reading Outreach in Clatsop County (ROCC), Seaside 

MediaRites, Portland 

Milton Freewater Area Historical Society, Milton-Freewater 

Seaside Museum & Historical Society, Seaside 

Shelton McMurphey Johnson Association, Eugene 

Stayton Public Library Foundation, Stayton 

Willamette Writers, Portland


Tier 2: $7,500

Alberta Abbey Foundation, Portland 

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton 

Cerimon House, Portland 

City Club of Central Oregon, Bend 

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay 

Coos History Museum, Coos Bay 

Crossroads Creative and Performing Art Center, Inc, Baker City 

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale 

Five Oaks Museum, Portland 

Hood River History Museum, Hood River 

Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City 

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, Enterprise 

Micronesian Islander Community, Salem 

Momentum Alliance, Portland 

Next Up, Portland 

Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland, Wallowa 

North Lincoln County Historical Museum Inc., Lincoln City

PlayWrite, Inc, Portland

Tananáwit, a Community of Warm Springs Artists, Warm Springs 

The City Repair Project, Portland 

The Hearth, Ashland 

The Museum at Warm Springs, Warm Springs 

Wallowa Land Trust, Enterprise 

Yamhill County Historical Society & Museum, Lafayette 

African Youth and Community Organizing, Portland

Mano a Mano, Salem


Tier 3: $10,000

Capaces Leadership Institute, Woodburn

Cascade School of Music, Bend

CAUSA Oregon, Salem 

Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg 

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles 

High Desert Partnership, Burns

Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Portland 

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts , Newport 

Resolutions Northwest, Portland 

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls 

Rural Organizing Project, Cottage Grove

The Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (Cairo), Portland 

The Red Door Project, Portland

The Rosewood Initiative, Portland 

Willamette Heritage Center, Salem

Wisdom of the Elders, Portland 


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