Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities opens phase two of grants

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 8:15 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has opened the second phase of grant distribution for humanities programming. Due to pandemic-related budget cuts, there is now a greater need for financial support.

This year they are offering the Rebirth and Rebirth PL grants. These grants are being given to support the immediate needs of museums, libraries, and culture centers statewide to provide quality humanities programming.

Examples include documentary photography, podcasts, and radio projects. Vice President of content Erin Greenwald said aspects like history, archaeology, and literature need to be preserved because they help to mold people’s perceptions of the world.

“Whether it’s a history of police brutality or a history of public health crises, they help us shape and inform our understanding so that we can have productive conversations with other people about who we are as a society,” said Greenwald.

There are now additional funds being added and a new program that focuses on public libraries called Rebirth PL. This program is intended to help libraries transition to virtual programming like zoom subscription services, advertising costs, and booking fees for guest speakers.

Grants range from $1,000 to $7,000. Greenwald said she wants to keep humanities programming alive.

“Now we’re moving to a later phase of the public health crisis. We want all of our cultural partners to be able to continue delivering quality humanities programming because there is a demand for it out there in the world,” she said.

This new grant program was made possible thanks to the Union Pacific Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Federal Cares Act.

Rebirth grants are only being offered to certified non-profit organizations. Applications are open through August 31. For full details about eligibility requirements, go to their website.

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