The Wisconsin Humanities Council is offering grants of up to $10,000 to humanities and cultural organizations to help them weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CARES Act Relief Grant program will distribute close to $540,000 in federal relief funding. The first-round deadline for grant applications is May 15. Award decisions will be announced by June 5.

The grants are intended for smaller Wisconsin organizations with annual expenses of $500,000 or less and would support the general operating costs for the nonprofits, not specific projects or initiatives.

Eligible nonprofit organizations must provide public humanities programming as a significant part of their mission. That includes fields such as archaeology, cultural anthropology, ethnic studies, folklore, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, religious studies, social studies and the arts. Visit the Wisconsin Humanities Council website for information or to apply.