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New funds available for cultural organizations struggling due to COVID-19

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Posted at 5:57 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 06:57:53-04

WISCONSIN — Cultural organizations struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for up to $7,500 in grants.

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant program distributed over $300,000 in grants. Now, they're back and ready to distribute an additional $240,000.

These grants are being distributed by the Wisconsin Humanities Council. However, it was authorized as a part of the federal CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The goal is to help cultural organizations and humanities that are facing financial struggles due to the pandemic.

"We’re grateful we can help so many of the state’s cultural organizations struggling to deal with closures and lost revenue," says Dena Wortzel, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. “These organizations -- such as museums, libraries, and cultural centers -- often operate on a shoestring but are the heart and soul of their communities, as well as significant economic contributors.”

These Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grants help cover salaries, rent, utilities, the purchase of PPE, and other critical expenses.

In order to apply for one of these grants, the applicant must be a nonprofit organization within Wisconsin that provides public humanities programming as a significant part of their mission.

According to a press release, fields in the humanities include archaeology, cultural anthropology, ethnic studies, folklore, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, religious studies, social sciences, and the history, theory, and criticism of the arts.

Applications for the grants are due July 15 and award decisions will be made within 15 business days.

If you have a nonprofit and would like to apply for a grant, click here.

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