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LEH to Grant Hurricane Relief for Local Humanities-Based Organizations

November 17, 2021
By: Gracie Wise

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will provide disaster mitigation grants for parishes that sustained significant damage from Hurricane Ida.

While Louisianans were recovering from the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Ida felt like a slap in their faces. She wreaked havoc on Southeastern Louisiana, knocking down anything that stood in her path. As a result of the catastrophic damages, many homes and businesses were either damaged or completely ruined. Museums, libraries, theaters, and other humanities-based institutions also faced Ida's wrath, threatening Louisianan culture.

Applications are currently open to organizations wishing to receive assistance. All organizations will undergo a thorough review based on their size, geographic location, programming record, population density, estimated annual audience, and demonstrated need.

Emergency grants will provide funds for repairs and upgrades, hazard mitigation tools, disaster response plans, institutional and operational costs, temporary rental space, and other recovery efforts. These include, but aren't limited to, disaster response kits, physical repairs, mold remediation, and hurricane deductibles.

Grant costs will range from $1,000 to $10,000. The regrant process will be inexpensive, and costs shares won't be required. Institutions serving underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to submit an application, visit leh.org. You can also reach out to Director of Grants Chris Robert at robert@leh.org.

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