Funding available for Indigenous cultural institutions

The Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) plans to present 175 awards to Indigenous cultural institutions and their partners, ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 50,000, to help them recover from the pandemic of COVID-19. The funding is the result of $ 3.6 million in funding to support the humanities through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) US Rescue Plan (SHARP).

Federally recognized tribal governments with cultural institutions, non-profit tribal cultural facilities, non-tribal cultural institutions working in partnership with tribes, and higher education institutions working in partnership with tribes may apply for a grant. funding. Monies received under this program can be used for operational support, including documenting cultural practices, new exhibitions and programs, preparing facilities for reopening, and rehiring employees on leave.

“ATALM has developed a strategy to address the most critical needs facing tribal cultural institutions, while building bridges with non-indigenous institutions,” said ATALM board chairman Walter Echo-Hawk in a statement. press statement. “We are grateful to the NEH for recognizing the unique ways in which Indigenous communities are experiencing this pandemic and we are pleased to have this opportunity to provide much needed support.”

The NEH distributed the funding to ATALM and six other organizations in the United States under SHARP.

“The American bailout recognizes that the cultural and educational sectors are essential components of the economy and civic life of the United States, vital to the health and resilience of American communities,” said the acting president of the United States. NEH, Adam Wolfson, in a press release. “These new grants will provide a lifeline to colleges and universities, museums, libraries, archives, historic sites and societies across the country, save thousands of jobs in the humanities endangered by the pandemic, and contribute to the economic recovery of cultural and educational institutions. and those they serve.

Program details and grant application are available at https://atalm.org/node/534. Applications open on October 20. The deadline to apply is December 13, 2021. A pre-registration webinar is scheduled for November 4.

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