The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced plans to award $1 million in emergency grants to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical hit by Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana with record-breaking rainfall and flooding.
The emergency fund includes $200,000 for the humanities councils of both states, which will be allotted to needy institutions based on local needs. The NEH will also provide funding for the Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force to conduct outreach and assess damage.
The rest of the $1 million will be distributed to cultural institutions in FEMA-designated disaster areas in grants of as much as $30,000. Applications for this emergency relief will be accepted between September 8 and December 31, 2017, at neh.gov
. Current recipients of NEH grants affected by the storm are also eligible to apply for additional funds.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) also released a statement from chairman Jane Chu in response to the storm, on August 29, noting that “the National Endowment for the Arts is prepared to direct additional funds to these state arts agencies for re-granting to affected organizations, as we have done in the past.”