by: Meshella E. Woods
Director of Curatorial Affairs / Grant Writer, AACS
Florida Humanities, the state-wide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded the African American Cultural Society Inc. a $ 9,000 overhead grant to support the ” help recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AACS is a host site for the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street and plans to host several exhibits sponsored by the Smithsonian. This, along with current collections, new and recurring programs, events and workshops, requires AACS to have a solid strategic plan in place to comply with industry standards. In addition to personnel and technology costs, ARP funding will primarily go to institutional assessments and planning that will help AACS meet standards set by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Alliance of Museums. and the Association of African American Museums.
The NEH received $ 135 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was approved by Congress last spring. State humanities councils, including Florida Humanities, each received a portion of the NEH Prize to support museums, archives, historic sites, and other nonprofit organizations focused on the humanities. AACS was one of 129 organizations in Florida that received ARP funding, totaling $ 1.88 million, from Florida Humanities. The grants are intended to meet immediate operational needs so that organizations remain viable and maintain the delivery of public humanities programs and resources in their communities. Florida Humanities received 188 requests for ARP funding, with nonprofits requesting the most funds for personnel and utilities.
These funds, said Florida Humanities executive director Dr Nashid Madyun, provide a safety net for organizations so they can focus on other priorities, such as fundraising and program creation.
“For small nonprofits, when the bills are paid and the staff are safe and intact, this type of mitigation is immeasurable,” he said. “Florida Humanities is honored to provide a lifeline to our State’s cultural and historical organizations, ensuring that they continue to enrich their local communities, and the Sunshine State as a whole, for years to come. “
Funding for this grant was provided by Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the US Rescue Plan and NEH’s Sustaining the Humanities initiative through the US Rescue Plan initiative. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this announcement do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.