Thursday afternoon, officials with Humanities Texas announced that seven cultural and educational nonprofit organizations in the El Paso area had received Relief Grants.
Recipients include the Binational Independent Film Festival, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History, Juntos Art Association, The University of Texas at El Paso, San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society and the Tom Lea Institute.
Officials say that as the organizations offer historical and cultural programs that have significant impact in the El Paso area, Humanities Texas aims to help these organizations remain vital in this difficult time.
In all, Humanities Texas Relief Grant recipients are located in 96 towns and cities across the state and include museums, libraries, preservation organizations and heritage and cultural centers, among many others.
Of the recipients, half have annual budgets of less than $300,000, and nearly a third of the grants went to organizations in communities of 20,000 people or fewer.
Grants can cover both operating and programming expenses, enabling recipients to pay overhead costs, retain staff, shift in-person programming to online and make resources available to those who depend on them for education and connection.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to provide critical support to so many organizations across the state,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Eric Lupfer. “We will continue to seek ways to assist Texas cultural and educational institutions in surviving this crisis.”
Funding for these grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.
In total for this summer, Humanities Texas awarded over $1.1 million to 198 Texas nonprofits that suffered losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A complete list of Humanities Texas Relief Grants is available online.