Humanities Guåhan is an independent non-profit organization that presents and supports public humanities programs and projects for the people of Guam.

Humanities Guåhan's CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program Application is open for submissions below. This program is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Please visit our website to learn more about this program. 

About the Program 

Humanities Guåhan’s CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program provides support for cultural and humanities non-profit organizations in Guam that are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Potential grantees may apply for up to $10,000 in relief funds. These funds do not require a match. 

This grant program is funded through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, 2020. The National Endowment for the Humanities received $75 million in CARES Act funding to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus. The NEH recently distributed 40% of this funding to 56 state and territorial humanities councils, including Humanities Guåhan, to support local cultural nonprofit organizations. 

Cultural and humanities-based non-profit organizations may use relief funds for general operating expenses (including rent, payroll, and overhead) and pre-existing or pre-planned programming. 

Small organizations with limited resources or limited access to support, as well as organizations that serve underserved communities, are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel at regular intervals and will be considered based on need and merit. We will review submissions and notify applicants as expeditiously as possible. We will continue accepting applications until October 1, 2020 or until grant funds are no longer available, whichever date is earlier. Due to limited funds, we may not be able to fund all eligible applicants.

Tips for Your Submittable Application

To apply, you will need to create a Submittable account. For a quick introduction to Submittable, you can watch a video here

We recommend that you use a computer/laptop, rather than a mobile device, to complete the Submittable application. If you use a mobile device, we recommend that you complete your application in one session, and allow time for the form to load. 

You have the option of inviting other members of your organization to complete your Submittable application with you. This can be very helpful if your team is working from different locations. Click here for instructions and a video.

If you have questions about this application, please contact Humanities Guåhan at

If you have technical questions about using Submittable, you can contact the Submittable support team at or

Who is Eligible? 

Organizations that are eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program:

  • Are based in Guam
  • Are recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by the Government of Guam, the U.S. federal government, or both
  • Have a DUNS Number - UPDATE: If you have submitted a request for a DUNS Number but it has not yet been processed by Dun & Bradstreet, you may still apply to our grant program. Please prepare to upload PDF or screenshot of an email or other confirmation that Dun & Bradstreet received your request. You must have a DUNS number prior to the distribution of any grant funds. 
  • Have an EIN 
  • Are cultural or humanities-based organizations 
  • Are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Have a Board of Directors
  • Have a Fiscal Agent

Those who are not eligible to apply include:

These funds may not be used for: 

  • Overlapping costs with other sources of grant relief or support 
  • Purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
  • Partisan objectives or advocacy 
  • New programs originating after March 20, 2020
    • Organizations seeking funding for new programs may apply to our Community Grant Program once the 2020 grant cycle reopens later this year. 

How Do I Prepare to Apply? 

  • Make sure you are eligible. Please carefully review the eligibility criteria above. 
  • Register for a DUNS number if your organization does not have one already. A DUNS number is a unique 9-digit number that helps the federal government track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number may take up to two business days to obtain. Please register as soon as possible. UPDATE: If you have submitted a request for a DUNS Number but it has not yet been processed by Dun & Bradstreet, you may still apply to our grant program. Please prepare to upload PDF or screenshot of an email or other confirmation that Dun & Bradstreet received your request. You must have a DUNS number prior to the distribution of any grant funds.  You can get started here:
  • Have your organization’s most recently filed Form 990 handy. This form will help us understand more about the financial status of your organization. Your organization’s Form 990 can also help you answer questions about your EIN and 501(c)(3) status. A digital version of your Form 990 is required as part of your online application, and will be uploaded and stored on Submittable’s secure platform. Learn more about Submittable’s security certifications and features here: Learn more about the Form 990 here:
  • Choose your team members. Choose the Primary Contact, Authorizing Official, and Fiscal Agent for your application. The Primary Contact receives communications and any follow up questions from us. The Authorizing Official is a person authorized to sign legal agreements for your organization. The Fiscal Agent has financial experience with the organization’s accounts and is able to submit financial reports for this grant program. The Primary Contact may be the same person as the Authorizing Official or the Fiscal Agent; just keep in mind that we prefer that at least two names with contact information are submitted with this application. If the Primary Contact and Authorizing Official are not the same person, they will both be required to electronically sign the online application.  
  • Review your organization’s connections to the humanities. In the application, we’ll ask you to describe the cultural or humanities-based work your organization does for our community. The humanities include but are not limited to the study of history, modern and classical language, literature, law, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism and theory of the arts. Anthropology, archeology and political science are also considered part of the humanities, as are interdisciplinary areas, such as Pacific studies, CHamoru studies, Micronesian studies, Asian studies, American studies, women and gender studies, ethnic studies, and the study of folklore and folk life.  
  • Review your organization’s financial situation. We’ll ask about the ways in which your organization has been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also ask for the amount of your annual operating budget and the size of your paid staff. 

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