Hurricane Harvey: On August 30, 2017 the NEH announced it was committed to supporting cultural heritage resources damaged by the storm. TX-CERA was chosen as one of the lead organizations to provide immediate support to mitigate damage and begin recovery. WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 30, 2017) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will award up to $1 million in emergency grants to preserve humanities collections and help restore operations at libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions in the areas of Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey, Acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede announced today. “NEH has designated these funds to support the people in Texas and Louisiana in their efforts to protect the historic materials that document their invaluable contributions to American culture,” said Peede. “We are proud to partner with Humanities Texas and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and their dedicated staffs in a coordinated federal-state response.” NEH is providing approximately $250,000 in initial funding to the two state humanities councils to be re-granted according to their assessments of local needs. The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force also will receive NEH funding to conduct outreach and assess damage. “We at Humanities Texas deeply appreciate NEH’s strong support of our state’s educational and cultural institutions that have been devastated by the hurricane. We will work with the affected communities to ensure that NEH’s funding goes as far as possible,” said Michael Gillette, executive director of Humanities Texas. In addition, cultural institutions in FEMA-designated disaster areas will be able to apply directly to NEH for streamlined emergency grants of up to $30,000, beginning on September 8, through the agency’s website, www.neh.gov. This special Chairman’s Grant opportunity will be open until December 31, 2017. All current NEH grantees impacted by Hurricane Harvey may apply to change the scope of their grants to repurpose the agency’s funding to focus on critical needs. These grantees should contact the appropriate NEH division for further instructions. ### ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov. MEDIA CONTACTS: PAULA WASLEY AT (202) 606-8424 OR PWASLEY@NEH.GOV

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