Museums, libraries, and historic sites around the state are calling on insurance, FEMA, and other major programs to help repair structures and restore damaged collections. But the New Jersey Council for the Humanities has stepped in to offer small grants to meet needs that fall through the cracks of bigger operations. A museum, historic site, library, or other humanities organizations that chose to stay open extra hours providing warmth and charging stations, or stockpiling and distributing goods to its community can apply for funds to cover the increased utility and staff costs. Organizations that counted on program revenue that was lost when schools closed, the site closed, or audiences simply disappeared can apply for help to cushion those losses. Likewise groups that bore extra costs to reschedule cancelled events.
Many organizations suffered collections damage, and the insurance costs are likely to be staggering. But
“The work of the humanities is to help us become the best human beings we can be, and our humanities resources help make New Jersey communities wonderful places to live,” affirmed Dr.
NJCH worked in partnership with the New York Humanities Council to get the emergency program up and running quickly. Any
Applications for these special grants will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 31, 2012. Rapid notification and disbursement of funds is a priority.
Anyone wishing to contribute to enlarging the relief fund to support state humanities organizations is warmly invited to contribute directly to NJCH online at www.njch.org, or by check to Emergency Relief, New Jersey Council for the Humanities,
NJCH, founded in 1972, is a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.