Over $300K in Emergency Relief awarded to 49 nonprofits by Wisconsin Humanities Council


From Beloit to Superior, 49 libraries, historical museums, community centers, and other organizations recently received Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant emergency funding to help support their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress.

“We put great care into reviewing the 111 applications received, weighing factors such as need, location, strength of their public humanities work, and audience,” says Dena Wortzel, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. “From paying the salaries of furloughed employees to Plexiglas barriers and protective equipment necessary for safe re-opening, we saw so much need.”

The 49 grants awarded are the first grant round of the Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant program. The second application period opens today (Monday, June 15th ) with a deadline of July 15. Emergency relief grants provide funds immediately to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations that support humanities and cultural programs.  The grants help these nonprofits maintain their essential functions and retain core staff during the public health crisis.

“Many of these organizations have vastly reduced revenue due to cancelled fundraisers, lost ticket sales, and loss of donations from supporters who can’t afford to give now. This is a small step to alleviate the pain the creative and cultural sector of Wisconsin is feeling as we face the challenges ahead,” says Wortzel.

Wisconsin Humanities Cares Relief Grants are intended for organizations with annual expenses of $500,000 or less and support nonprofits’ general operating costs rather than specific projects or initiatives. For more details on eligibility, go to WisconsinHumanitiesCares.org

Wisconsin Humanities CARES Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

  • Barron County Historical Society
  • Bayfield Heritage Association
  • Beloit Historical Society
  • Black Arts MKE Inc.
  • Black Earth Public Library
  • Buffalo County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac
  • Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Door County Historical Society
  • Douglas County Historical Society
  • Dunn County Historical Society
  • Eager Free Public Library
  • Eagle River Historical Society
  • Ephraim Historical Foundation
  • Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County/Literacy Council of Sheboygan County
  • Farnsworth Public Library/Oconto
  • Folklore Village Farm, Inc
  • Friends of the Lodi Public Library
  • Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums/Platteville
  • Historic Indian Agency House (National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin)
  • Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
  • History Museum at the Castle
  • Jane Morgan Memorial Library/ Cambria
  • Kenosha County Historical Society
  • Kewaunee Public Library
  • La Crosse County Historical Society
  • Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Society
  • Manitowoc County Historical Society
  • Marinette and Oconto Counties Literary Council, Inc.
  • Mount Horeb Are Historical Society, Inc.
  • Neenah Historical Society
  • Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center/Coon Valley
  • North Freedom Public Library
  • New Richmond Preservation Society/ Heritage Center
  • Ozaukee County Historical Society
  • Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum/Wisconsin Logging Museum
  • Redgranite Library
  • Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center
  • Sauk County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Sheboygan County Historical Research Center
  • Sheboygan County Historical Society
  • Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library/ Hayward
  • Sturm Memorial Library – City of Manawa
  • Superior Public Museums, Inc.
  • Vang Council of La Crosse, Inc.
  • Vernon County Historical Society
  • Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
  • Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum
  • Wyocena Public Library

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