Over $600,000 in COVID-19 relief funding provided to North Carolina cultural organizations by North Carolina Humanities Council

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 20, 2020) 
This article was amended September 2, 2020

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $636,767 in NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant funding to 60 museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural nonprofit organizations across North Carolina.

This grant funding will directly support expenses such as staff salaries, general operating costs which support humanities programming, and the digitization of collections and resources to make them available online.

“Cultural organizations continue to be at the heart of our North Carolina communities,” said Sherry Paula Watkins, Executive Director of North Carolina Humanities Council. “By listening and responding to community needs, especially now, NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grants are providing organizations with funds to share stories and experiences as a way to express, reflect, deepen understanding, and connect with others,” Watkins continued.  “As a grant-maker committed to serving our communities, the North Carolina Humanities Council is honored to have awarded the entirety of our CARES Act funding amount to 59 diverse cultural organizations, from the coast to the mountains.”  

NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant funding was provided to the North Carolina Humanities Council by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in late March. The $2.2 trillion CARES package included $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, nearly $30 million, or a total of 40%, of which was sent to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils, including the North Carolina Humanities Council, to distribute to local cultural nonprofits and programming. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant award amount tiers ranged from $5,000-$20,000 based upon organizational budget with priority being given to eligible organizations located in or serving rural communities, organizations serving traditionally under-resourced groups, and organizations that do not receive significant public funding. These grants were over and above the North Carolina Humanities Council’s normal grant funding opportunities. Organizations seeking additional Council support are encouraged to apply for one of the Council’s regular public humanities programming grants at www.nchumanities.org

The following organizations were awarded a NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council as of September 2020:

  • 135th USCT Research Team Inc. (Goldsboro)
  • Arts of the Pamlico (Washington)
  • Alliance for Heritage Conservation / InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present (Chapel Hill)
  • Appalachian Regional Library - Wilkes County Public Library (North Wilkesboro)
  • Avery Mitchell Yancey Regional Library System (Burnsville)
  • Beaufort Historical Association (Beaufort)
  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (Blowing Rock)
  • Burgwin Wright House and Gardens (Wilmington)
  • Caldwell Heritage Museum (Lenoir)
  • Center for Cultural Preservation (Hendersonville)
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum (Harkers Island)
  • Earl Scruggs Center (Shelby)
  • Edgecombe County Memorial Library (Tarboro)
  • Fontana Regional Library System (Bryson City)
  • Friends of Oberlin Village (Raleigh)
  • Granville County Historical Society (Oxford)
  • Greensboro Opera (Greensboro)
  • Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe (Hollister)
  • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (Charlotte)
  • Historic Hillsborough Commission (Hillsborough)
  • Historic Latta Plantation (Huntersville)
  • Historic Preservation Society of Durham (Durham)
  • History Museum of Burke County (Morganton)
  • I AM not the MEdia (Charlotte)
  • Iredell Museums (Statesville)
  • ISLA- Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition (Durham)
  • Johnston County Heritage Center (Smithfield)
  • Korner's Folly Foundation (Kernersville)
  • Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte)
  • Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington)
  • Macon County Heritage Center - Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center (Franklin)
  • Mount Airy Museum of Regional History (Mount Airy)
  • New Bern Historical Society (New Bern)
  • North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources – Historic Sites (Raleigh)
  • North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources - North Carolina African American Heritage Commission (Raleigh)
  • North Carolina Museum of History Foundation (Raleigh)
  • North Carolina Pottery Museum (Seagrove)
  • Old Salem Museums & Gardens (Winston-Salem)
  • Old-Time Music Group (Durham)
  • Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice (Durham)
  • Perquimans County Restoration Association (Hertford)
  • Person County Museum of History (Roxboro)
  • Preservation Greensboro (Greensboro)
  • Preservation Zebulon (Zebulon)
  • Red Dirt Productions (Asheville)
  • Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives (Reidsville)
  • Shelton House - Museum of NC Handcrafts (Waynesville)
  • St. Joseph's Historic Foundation (Durham)
  • Student Action with Farmworkers (Durham)
  • Surry Arts Council (Mount Airy)
  • The Crafting Freedom Institute (Durham)
  • The Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina Inc. - Bellamy Mansion Museum (Wilmington)
  • Third Person Project (Wilmington)
  • Tobacco Farm Life Museum (Kenly)
  • U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission (Wilmington)
  • Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas (Brevard)
  • Wayne County Historical Association (Goldsboro)
  • Wayne County Public Library (Goldsboro)
  • Western North Carolina Historical Association (Asheville)
  • Wrightsville Beach Museum (Wrightsville Beach)

About North Carolina Humanities Council: The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org.   

Press contact: Melanie Moore Richeson, North Carolina Humanities Council 
(704) 687-1520 | mmoore@nchumanities.org