Across Wisconsin, 52 historical societies, museums, libraries and other nonprofits have received Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grant funds (wisconsinhumanitiesrecovery.org) to help them with pandemic preparations, responses and recovery. The Belgian Heritage Foundation in Brussels was one of these grant recipients.
The awards represent the first round of funds provided to Wisconsin Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. A second grant round will open Sept. 15, with a deadline of Oct. 15.
“We received 114 applications expressing more than $1.6 million in need,” said Dena Wortzel, executive director of Wisconsin Humanities. “We weighed factors including need, location, strength of their public humanities work, the audience that organizations serve and how they would use these funds to help them address the impacts of the pandemic.”
Awarded funds help organizations with salary support, utility bills, collections digitization, programming and many other needs.