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Two grants programs supporting humanities programming to open July 1

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 17:56:05-04

New Orleans, Louisiana / June 24, 2020 — The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities continues to support Louisiana’s critical cultural institutions around the state with the opening of a second phase of grant distribution. After awarding $484,548 in grants through the Louisiana Culture Care Fund to 56 organizations in support of operational expenses, the LEH shifts to funding programming expenses through the Rebirth and Rebirth PL Grants program.

Applications for the two grant streams open July 1 at leh.org/rebirth-grants.

“The humanities are so crucial to understanding this moment in our nation’s history,” said Miranda Restovic, executive director and president of the LEH. “Not only do our cultural organizations need operational support so they stay afloat and survive this crisis, but we need the innovative and informative programs they produce to help provide context to everything we are experiencing right now.”

The LEH will accept applications for 2020 LEH Rebirth and Rebirth PL Grants through August 31, 2020. Award notifications will be made by October 15, 2020. More information about each program and the review process is below.

Rebirth Grants

Rebirth Grants, an annual LEH program supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports projects that provide access to the humanities for Louisiana residents. Applications are open to organizations or individuals, provided applicants have a certified Louisiana nonprofit sponsoring organization with a DUNS number.

Eligible Rebirth Grants projects include free public humanities programs that involve audience participation and discussion; documentary photography, podcast, and radio projects; digital humanities projects including websites and online documentation of Louisiana history and culture, new and continuing scholarly research about Louisiana, and assistance with publication projects and humanities-based educational initiatives.

In particular, the LEH seeks project proposals that think creatively about how to sustain humanities programming in new ways during the current public health crisis.

Grant awards range from $1,000 to $7,000, and projects should be implemented between November 2020 and October 2021. All Rebirth Grant applicants must demonstrate cost share in cash or in kind.

Rebirth PL Grants (for public libraries only)

Rebirth PL Grants will support Louisiana public libraries’ transition to serving their communities virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used for digital humanities programming, including the acquisition of equipment and supplies to bolster virtual programming capabilities.

Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000 and are available only to Louisiana public libraries. Cost share is not required for Rebirth PL Grants. All public library applicants must have a DUNS number.

This new program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Union Pacific Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities through the federal CARES Act.

Review process

All LEH Rebirth and Rebirth PL Grants will be evaluated at the same time following the close of the application period on August 31 and are subject to the same review process. LEH staff review proposals for completeness before submitting them to a grant review committee, which is comprised of humanities scholars and professionals and LEH board members and staff.

More information about the review process and evaluation criteria, as well as sample applications and guidelines, may be found online at www.leh.org/rebirth-grants or by contacting LEH Grants Manager Chris Robert at robert@leh.org or (504) 620-2639.

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