$10,000 Grant Will Help Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic
Amistad Research Center has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Amistad will use funds to anchor itself in the community as a strong humanities institution. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library deliver excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities subjects.
“We are incredibly excited to have been chosen for this opportunity,” said Communications Specialist Amanda Lima. “This grant will allow Amistad to better reach our patrons as we share our collections, programs, and digital resources across multiple social media platforms. With the pandemic came concerns over accessibility which has inspired us to do more with how we can serve curious minds.”
More than 370 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA. View the full list of selected libraries.
“Libraries have faced significant hardships throughout the pandemic —from budget cuts to staff furloughs to building closures — especially in our communities of the greatest need,” said ALA President Patty Wong. “This crucial support from NEH will enable our beloved institutions, and the dedicated people who run them, to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.”
American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
For more about The Amistad Research Center, read this New Orleans Tribune article.