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NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Emergency Grant

Grants to Louisiana Libraries and Cultural Institutions in Eligible
Parishes for Programs Related to Disaster Relief and Recovery

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Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH)

Deadline Date:

05/10/19

Description:

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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Louisiana libraries and cultural institutions in eligible parishes that were impact by Hurricane Harvey for programs related to disaster relief and recovery. Funding is intended for documentation, mitigation, and public programming that investigate how residents of the state cope with, respond to, and persevere in the face of disaster. The 12 eligible parishes that were declared federal disaster zones are: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon, and Vermilion Parishes.

Applicants are eligible for grants in three categories:

Mitigation: Funds to contribute to facility repairs that reduce vulnerability, facility risk assessment, continuity of operation plan, staff training on planning/mitigation strategies, preservation and digitization, purchase of basic hazard mitigation resources, etc.

Specific examples include but are not limited to:
- Purchase of disaster response kits ;
- Training in how to prepare for and navigate the aftermath of a disaster (American Library Association, Smithsonian Institution’s HEART program, Society of American Archivists, Northeast Document Conservation Center);
- Training in how to document a disaster, including how to collect oral histories (Louisiana Folklife Program, Louisiana Voices);
- IT support to underwrite moving servers and other local systems vulnerable to onsite flooding to the cloud;
- Physical repairs that reduce vulnerability;
- Conservation and digitization projects;
- IT support for the creation of a password-protected website for all employees of a cultural institution for post-disaster communication;
- Roundtables with cultural institution professionals;

Documentation: Funds for the development of books, essays, photographic essays, films, interviews/oral histories, etc. that document Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

Public Programming: Public programming that explores humanities themes related to “disaster,” such as community, dislocation, loss, perseverance, and adaptation. Applicants should think creatively about how to address this topic through public programming. Specific examples include but are not limited to:
- Lectures
- Reading programs
- Screenings
- Story circles for adults
- Storytelling sessions
- Humanities-themed arts and crafts projects for children.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185742

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts will range from $500–$5,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is May 1 2019 through December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cultural institutions and libraries in all twelve parishes declared federal disaster zones are eligible to apply. The 12 parishes are: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon, and Vermilion Parishes.

Pre-Application Information:

The application will be open March 1 through May 10, 2019.

If your organization would like to discuss an idea for a project that falls into the categories listed, please contact LEH Grants Manager Chris Robert.

Cost share is not required for this grant stream.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=leh

Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, Research Coordinator
syma.ebbin@uconn.edu
(860) 405-9278

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Turners' Hall
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone 504.523.4352
Fax 504.529.2358

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon, and Vermilion Parishes