Humanities Council awards COVID-19 relief grants


The Northern Marianas Humanities Council awarded a total of $112,950 to eight non-profit organizations and three individuals under its COVID-19 Relief Grant program.

The grant is made possible by the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act through the National Endowment of the Humanities. Grant awards are intended to support cultural organizations and individual scholars, experts and practitioners who participate in projects and activities that advance the humanities. A total of $242,700 in CARES Act funding was provided to NMHC.

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities and [the] U.S. Congress for empowering our council with the means and authority to distribute CARES Act funds to organizations and individuals in our community who are impacted by this pandemic,” said Leo Pangelinan, NMHC’s executive director.

The following groups and individuals were awarded: Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, NMI Museum of History and Culture, Mariana Islands Nature Alliance, CNMI Women’s Association, 500 Sails, Lady Diann Torres Foundation, Team Koka of Tinian, Marianas Ukulele Festival, Don Farrell, Valentina Rivera, and Catherine Perry.

The humanities cover work in history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; history and philosophy of science; ethics; comparative religion; art criticism and those social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches to their content as well as cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, international relations, and other subjects concerned with questions of human value.

The deadlines for the next round of COVID-19 Relief Grants are June 19 and July 31. Non-profit organizations can receive up to $15,000 and individuals can receive up to $10,000.

Visit the NMHC website,, to learn more about the COVID-19 Relief Grant Application requirements and to fill out an online application.

For more information, call the council at 235-4785 or email at (PR)

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