A handful of educational and cultural institutions in Humboldt County are set to receive $140,000 to restart programs that have been interrupted by the pandemic.
On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced that several tribes and cultural institutions along the North Coast have received funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ American Rescue Humanities Grant Program. Plan. In Humboldt County specifically, the Hoopa Tribal Museum received $40,000, the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition received $50,000, and Cal Poly Humboldt’s Redwood Writing Project received $50,000.
“The cultural and tribal organizations receiving this funding are important parts of our district’s history and way of life, and it’s critical they receive the support they need as the nation rebuilds after the pandemic. “, Huffman said in a statement. “Through the U.S. bailout, these groups are getting a much-needed lifeline to invest in programs and initiatives that will ensure the prosperity of a robust and inclusive humanities sector in our region.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, cultural institutions have been particularly affected both locally and nationally. Not only did many have to close their doors and close programs, but there was not much support available for the humanities at the state or federal level at the start of the pandemic, resulting in furloughs. , layoffs and permanent closures.
The US $1.9 trillion bailout law was signed into law about a year ago and included $135 million in additional funding for the NEH, which was intended to help humanities organizations and institutions. cultures affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NEH allocated $3.6 million of these funds to the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums and $3.1 million to the National Writing Project to award its own grants.
The Hoopa Tribal Museum and the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition both received their grants through the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums to re-establish community humanities programs. The Redwood Writing Project received its funding from the National Writing Project to deepen engagement with underrepresented communities.
Sonia Waraich can be reached at 707-441-0504.