Good News.

 

OH CARES


The March 27 CARES Act, the stimulus relief program to shore up the US economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, included $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) designated to provide emergency support for historical societies, art museums, colleges, and other centers of cultural activity. 

“OH CARES Emergency Grants are one more way the NEH and Ohio Humanities serve the cultural sector in Ohio,” says Executive Director Pat Williamsen. “We are pleased to report that with this funding, Ohio Humanities awarded $690,659 in emergency grants to 91 humanities organizations. When local organizations need funds to preserve jobs and keep the lights on, these grants can have a significant impact.”

 

See the entire list here.

 

Nonprofit cultural organizations on how CARES Grant money is helping them in these challenging times: 

 

“Thank you!  These people from western Ohio were our first visitors on June 10. We have lost all or most of our motorcoach bookings, but people have started taking day trips to the museum from all over Ohio and eastern PA, very encouraging.

Thank you again, our organization is grateful for our OH CARES grant!”

– Cindy Arendt, National Cambridge Glass Museum

 

“As is the case for all institutions throughout our state, the Museum has been significantly impacted by COVID-19.  We will be reopening on Friday, June 26, having taken time to ensure all safety precautions are in place, and our team trained and prepared to welcome visitors back onsite. Funds provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020, helped keep our staff and building operations intact.”

– Alexandra Nicholis Coons, Massillon Museum

 

“Thank you!  These people from western Ohio were our first visitors on June 10. We have lost all or most of our motorcoach bookings, but people have started taking day trips to the museum from all over Ohio and eastern PA, very encouraging.

Thank you again, our organization is grateful for our OH CARES grant!”

– Cindy Arendt, National Cambridge Glass Museum

 

“Ohio Humanities’ gracious grant has made it possible for the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to open its doors to the public [on June 23]. The Social Distance and mandated sanitization would not be possible with your generosity.”

– Deanna Kindell, Armstrong Air & Space Museum

 

“We are overjoyed—this has provided great opportunities to diversify our staff for the summer by age and ethnicity.

– Leianne Neff Heppner, Summit County Historical Society

 

“On behalf of the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society, please accept our sincere appreciation upon the awarding of the Ohio CARES Grant to our organization. Words cannot express how much this award means to us.

“Bringing the arts and historical programming to rural Northwest Ohio many times presents challenges in itself, funding being a huge hurdle. It seems sometimes that all we do is fundraise just to keep running. Adding the Coronavirus with its shutdowns, social distancing and more has just exacerbated our abilities to even do that!

“This grant will allow us the ability to ‘stay afloat’ by meeting some of our financial obligations and continue to pursue historical and arts programming in this small rural area again as soon as we are able to move ahead again.”

– Carol Bailey, Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society

 

“The CARES award provides much needed assistance with staff salaries, reopening costs, technology upgrades and costs associated with utilities. As we all know, the environment under which we are operating is unprecedented, creating many unknowns. Our staff is encouraged, however, to move forward by adapting our projects to meet community needs despite the circumstances. … this grant offers staff much flexibility to increase our online presence for our museum members and friends in case another surge of the virus occurs.

I can’t emphasize enough our appreciation of this award from Ohio Humanities. Thank you for partnering with us to accomplish our mission to preserve, collect, and exhibit the history of Allen County.”

– Amy Craft, Allen County Museum & Historical Society

 

“We of the Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society are very pleased and grateful that our CARES grant proposal has been fully funded! This will enable our organization to be open to the public and fully functional for the remainder of this year – a very unusual and trying time. The VCHGS officially re-opened on June 10.”

– Deanna Tribe, Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society

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