House Representative

White, James

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/26/2017

Humanities Texas Awarding Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grants to Cultural and Historical Institutions

(Austin, TX) – With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas is awarding fast-track Hurricane Recovery Grants to cultural and historical institutions (e.g. museums, public & school libraries, historical sites, performing arts centers, etc.) in Texas that suffered damage and losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Requests of up to $3,000 will be reviewed within ten business days and awarded quickly. Larger grants are also possible.

Eligible costs include cleanup, conservation, rental of temporary meeting space, and basic institutional and operational costs, such as purchasing equipment and replacing inventory, shelving, and roofing.

The application is one page and easy to complete. It requires:
• a brief description of the losses the institution suffered,
• a brief description of the humanities activities their organization performs and/or the scope and significance of their humanities collections,
• an overview of your request and how funds will be spent,
• an estimated project time frame.

Applying for these funds IN NO WAY disqualifies your institution from receiving other forms of public assistance, such as those provided by FEMA or NEH. The Humanities Texas website (http://www.humanitiestexas.org/grants/hurricane-recovery-grants) has complete information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply. Grants are being distributed on a rolling basis with no hard deadline.

Please contact the Humanities Texas grants staff with questions related to the application process: grants@humanitiestexas.org or 512-440-1991.

“Our cultural and historical centers in Southeast Texas are important to preserving our history and educating our future generations. If any institutions in Southeast Texas are in need of assistance to reopen their doors to the public, I highly encourage they apply for this assistance as soon as possible,” said State Rep. James White.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Saul Mendoza, Chief of Staff, or Shawn Dunn, District Director, with questions regarding this release at 512-463-0490 or 409-283-3700.