(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council will provide CNMI nonprofits, government agencies, and higher education institutions with a second round of grant funding opportunity under the American Såtba-Ammalaw Program or ASAP.  Grant awards are intended for the support of activities that help organizations prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus. 

The next ASAP application deadline is December 20, 2021.  CNMI nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for grant funding and can request up to $20,000 for humanities projects, strategic planning, capacity building, technical support, and other activities related to preparing, responding to, and recovering from the coronavirus. CNMI nonprofits with humanities-focused missions or purposes may also request funds for general operating costs.

CNMI groups awarded during the first round of funding include the Inetnun Åmut yan Kutturan Natibu/Mwiischil Safey me Kkoor Aramasal Faluw or AMUT/SAFEY, $19,443; Pacific Historic Parks, $20,000; 500 Sails, $20,000; Commonwealth Cancer Association, $20,000; NMI Museum of History and Culture, $19,990; and the Chamorro-Carolinian Language Policy Commission, $19,834. 

“We are pleased to be able to help organizations strengthen their operations, services and programs to effectively adapt to the circumstances created by this pandemic,” said Leo Pangelinan, the Humanities Council’s executive director.  Awardees will use funds to develop humanities programming, support general operational costs, and implement strategic planning and capacity building activities. 

ASAP was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Initiative.

For more details, visit, email, call 235-4785, or follow the Humanities Council on Instagram at 670Humanities and Facebook at Northern Marianas Humanities Council.

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