May 19, 2020 — As part of the federal CARES Act, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities announces 28 new grants in response to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact. The Council is reviewing applications received May 15.
To date, $208,200 has been awarded for operating support to 28 organizations, listed below. They include libraries, museums, historic and cultural sites, festivals, theaters, and community cultural centers all over the state: Newport, South Kingstown, Providence, Coventry, Hopkinton, North Kingstown, and beyond. Based on the financial reports provided as part of the application, the total value of anticipated losses to date is $24,396,192, a stark reminder of how valuable the humanities sector is to Rhode Island’s economy.
On behalf of the Council’s board of directors, review committee, and the staff, we wish you well and will provide an update on the second round of relief grants soon.
All my best,
Elizabeth Francis, PhD
Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.
2020 recipients of General Operating Support Grants
Ashaway Free Library
Davisville Free Library Association
Educational Center for Arts & Sciences (Teatro ECAS)
Everett: Company, Stage & School
Friends of the Hearthside, Inc.
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Langworthy Public Library
Lippitt House Museum / Preserve RI
Newport Restoration Foundation
Preservation Society of Newport County
Providence Children’s Film Festival
Providence Children’s Museum
Providence Preservation Society
Providence Public Library
RI Center for the Book
RI Computer Museum
RI Latino Arts
South County History Center
Southside Cultural Center
Stages of Freedom
Western RI Civic and Historical Society
Wilbury Theatre Group
*As of May 19, 2020 – will be updated in early June with second round awardees.