Grants are awarded to Kansas organizations


Humanities Kansas recently awarded $749,366 in SHARP Recovery Grants to 121 Kansas cultural organizations experiencing distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Funds were made available through the National Endowment for the Humanities to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.

Humanities Kansas (HK) received $754,000 in funds to distribute and received more than $1.4 million in requests from Kansas cultural organizations.

“HK is honored to support these important community organizations with SHARP Recovery Grants,” said Lori Goetsch, chair of the Humanities Kansas Board of Directors. “They have sustained our culture through the pandemic and found innovative ways to engage us as Kansans. Maintaining these social connections is vital to the economic well-being and strength of our communities.”

The following organizations receiving this award represent 121 organizations across 89 communities and 66 counties. Abilene and 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 in Lawrence, Dorothy Bramlage Public Library in 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 in 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 in Lawrence, Friends of S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden in Lucas, Garnett Public Library, Goddard Public Library, Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Scott, Great Bend Public Library, Greenwood County Historical Society, Harvey County Historical Museum and Archives, Haun Museum in Jetmore, Hays Public Library, Hiawatha Morrill Public Library, High Plains Public Radio in Garden City, Historic Abilene, Inc., Historic Preservation Corporation in Council Grove, Howard City Library, Independence Historical Museum, Independence Public Library, Iola Public Library, Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society, Jetmore Public Library, Jewell County Historical Society, Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association in LaCrosse, Kansas Book Festival in Topeka, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas Post Rock Limestone Coalition in Lucas, Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence Kauffman Museum in North Newton, KMUW in Wichita, La Cygne Historical Society and Museum, Lindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum, Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Lucas Arts and Humanities Council, Lucas Public Library, Lyon County History Center and Society, Madison Public Library, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site in Olathe, Marshall County Historical Society, Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, Mary Cotton Public Library in Sabetha, McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, Meade County Historical Museum, Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Association, Mid-America All-Indian Museum in Wichita, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Leawood, Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Moline Public Library, Monticello Community Historical Society in Lenexa, Morton County Library, Mount Hope Public Library, Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, National Orphan Train Complex and Research Center in Concordia, Northwest Kansas Library System in Norton, Onaga Historical Society, Osage City Public Library, Oz Museum in Wamego, Peabody Township Library, Pioneer Bluffs Foundation in Matfield Green, Pioneer Memorial Library in 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 and Genealogical Society, Stanton County Public Library, Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita, Thomas County Historical Society, Tonganoxie Historical Society, Tonganoxie Public Library, Topeka Genealogical Society, Trading Post Historical Society in Pleasanton, Trego County Historical Society, Volland Foundation in Alma, Wabaunsee County Historical Society, Wamego Public Library, Washington Public Library, Weir Public Library, Wellsville City Library, Western University Association in Kansas City, Wilson County Old Iron Club, and Winchester Public Library.

For more information about the SHARP Recovery Grants for humanities organizations, visit

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas (HK) is a nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, HK’s pioneering programming, grants and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. HK inspires all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home.


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