Emergency grants available to preserve cultural materials damaged by hurricanes

Some museums, libraries, colleges and other cultural institutions in Texas and other states and territories sustained damage to their collections from recent hurricanes. It’s not widely known, but the National Endowment for the Humanities can help.

Emergency grants of up to $30,000 are available from the federal agency to preserve documents, books, photographs, art works, historical objects, sculptures and structures damaged by the hurricanes and subsequent flooding.

The endowment will award up to $1 million in such grants, according to acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. The agency has partnered with Humanities Texas and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to address those states’ needs. The endowment is providing about $250,000 in initial funding to the two state humanities councils to be re-granted according to their assessments of local needs.

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