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SHARP Recovery Grants

The SHARP application period has ended.

Grant awards were announced in late September 2021.

Note to SHARP grantees: The period of performance has been extended to April 30, 2022. All SHARP funds must be spent by that date. Final reports are due July 30, 2022.

SHARP Final Report Form

Forms for SHARP Grant Recipients

The Humanities Kansas SHARP Recovery Grants support Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Grants are to be used for general operating support, staff retention, and needed digital and/or operational transitions for cultural work in the post-pandemic era. 

SHARP Recovery Grants are intended to reach a diverse network of urban and rural cultural nonprofits located in Kansas whose primary work involves the humanities.

The application portal was open from July 15 through August 16, 2021.


HK awarded 121 SHARP Recovery Grants to 89 Kansas communities:

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Association

Abilene Public Library

Anderson County Historical Society

Arkansas City Public Library

Ashland Library

Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation

Atchison Public Library

Barton County Historical Society

Bison Community Library

Bonner Springs City Library

Caney City Library

Caney Valley Historical Society

Cherryvale Museum

Clearwater Public Library

Coffey County Library

Council Grove Public Library

Cowley County Historical Society

Delphos Public Library

Dickinson County Historical Society

Dole Institute for Politics, Lawrence

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library, Junction City

Douglas County Historical Society

Edwards County Historical Society

Ellsworth County Historical Society

Emporia Public Library

Erie City Public Library

Eureka Public Library

Exploration Place, Wichita

Finney County Historical Society

Florence Public Library

Ford County Historical Society

Fort Larned Historical Society

Fort Wallace Museum

Franklin County Historical Society

Fredonia Public Library

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Lawrence

Friends of S.P. Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden, Lucas

Garnett Public Library

Goddard Public Library

Gordon Parks Museum, Fort Scott

Great Bend Public Library

Greenwood County Historical Society

Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives

Haun Museum, Jetmore

Hays Public Library

Hiawatha Morrill Public Library

High Plains Public Radio, Garden City

Historic Abilene, Inc.

Historic Preservation Corporation, Council Grove

Howard City Library

Independence Historical Museum

Independence Public Library

Iola Public Library

Jackson County Historical & Genealogical Society

Jetmore Public Library

Jewell County Historical Society

Kansas Aviation Museum, Wichita

Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association, LaCrosse

Kansas Book Festival, Topeka

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, Hutchinson

Kansas Post Rock Limestone Coalition, Lucas

Kansas Public Radio, Lawrence

Kauffman Museum, North Newton

KMUW, Wichita

La Cygne Historical Society & Museum

Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum

Little House on the Prairie Museum, Independence

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Fort Scott

Lucas Arts & Humanities Council

Lucas Public Library

Lyon County History Center & Society

Madison Public Library

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site, Olathe

Marshall County Historical Society

Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute

Mary Cotton Public Library, Sabetha

McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation

Meade County Historical Museum

Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Association

Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Wichita

Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Leawood

Miners Hall Museum, Franklin

Moline Public Library

Monticello Community Historical Society, Lenexa

Morton County Library

Mount Hope Public Library

Museum of World Treasures, Wichita

National Orphan Train Complex & Research Center, Concordia

Northwest Kansas Library System, Norton

Onaga Historical Society

Osage City Public Library

Oz Museum, Wamego

Peabody Township Library

Pioneer Bluffs Foundation, Matfield Green

Pioneer Memorial Library, Colby

Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library

Reno County Historical Society

Republic County Historical Society Museum

Rice County Historical Society

Richmond Public Library

Salina Public Library

Shawnee County Historical Society

Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society

Stanton County Public Library

Stauth Memorial Museum, Montezuma

The Kansas African American Museum, Wichita

Thomas County Historical Society

Tonganoxie Historical Society

Tonganoxie Public Library

Topeka Genealogical Society

Trading Post Historical Society, Pleasanton

Trego County Historical Society

Volland Foundation, Alma

Wabaunsee County Historical Society

Wamego Public Library

Washington Public Library

Weir Public Library

Wellsville City Library

Western University Association, Kansas City

Wilson County Old Iron Club

Winchester Public Library




These are general operating support grants intended for salaries, rent, utilities, and technical and consultant needs related to a digital or operational transition. Funds should be used within 4 months.


Award amounts are divided into three categories based on an organization’s annual budget:

  • Organizations with an annual budget of $100,000 or less may request up to $5,000.
  • Organizations with an annual budget between $100,000 and $400,000 may request up to 5% of their budget ($5,000-$20,000).
  • Organizations with an annual budget over $400,000 may request up to $20,000.


Applicants must be nonprofit organizations in Kansas whose primary work is in the humanities. Examples include but are not limited to museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, and historical sites. A 501(c)(3) status is not required.

Applicant organizations must have a DUNS number. A DUNS number is a nine-digit number used to track federal funding. DUNS numbers are always free, but the application process does take time. Apply for a DUNS number here.


Applications can be submitted through the Humanities Kansas online grants process from July 15 through August 16, 2021.

Application Review

A panel of independent reviewers from across the state will determine grant awards after the August 16 deadline. HK strives to distribute funding equitably around the state. Award amounts will be determined by the number of eligible applicants.


Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in late September. Payment will occur after the grant award agreement is signed and returned.

SHARP webinar recording

SHARP webinar slides (download)

For more information, contact Leslie VonHolten, Director of Grants & Outreach,

View SHARP guidelines 


About SHARP Recovery Grants

Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) grants have been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden. NEH is providing funds to Humanities Kansas specifically for redistribution as grants to cultural organizations in need in Kansas.


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