Mass Humanities Awards More Than $500k through NEH CARES Act Funding
16 Humanities organizations in the Northeast Region receive critical funding during pandemic
Mass Humanities, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced today the awarding of $572,500 to 123 humanities organizations across Massachusetts through funding received by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act including 16 in the Northeast Region of the Commonwealth. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $75 million from the $2 trillion CARES Act legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in March 2020.
In a recent survey by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), cultural organizations reported more than $260 million in lost revenue and thousands of jobs impacted as a result of the pandemic. Due to lost admission and cancelled fundraisers, many organizations have laid off or furloughed staff. The economic fallout continues to threaten the survival of institutions of all sizes. As the state affiliate of NEH, this type of funding enables Mass Humanities to grant unrestricted operating support for museums, libraries, archives and other nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts.
“The humanities—our history, culture, and ideas—will be essential in any recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts,” said Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities. “We’re grateful to NEH for providing these funds to protect the humanities infrastructure of the state. We only regret that we could not meet the needs of every applicant. We will continue to seek ways to assist our grantees and other institutions in surviving this crisis.”
Humanities organizations in the Northeast region receiving funds this year are
For the full statewide list of grantees, click here