The Mississippi Humanities Council has awarded $225,000 to fifteen different museums through its ARP Museum Relief Grant program to help them recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus.
The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale was one of those recipients.
With funding from Congress through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the MHC, along with 55 other state and territorial humanities councils, is offering ARP grants to support America’s cultural sector.
The MHC’s ARP Museum Relief Grants provided up to $20,000 in operational support to museums that sustained significant economic losses due to the pandemic.
In addition, the MHC is offering ARP Humanities Recovery Grants for other humanities-focused non-profit organizations to help them recover from the coronavirus. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $15,000. Deadlines for ARP Humanities Recovery Grants are July 16 and August 16. These grants are open to nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.
“Our state’s museums educate Mississippians about our rich history and culture and attract tourists from around the country and the world, said MHC Executive Director Dr. Stuart Rockoff. “They are vital contributors to our state’s quality of life and our cultural economy. We are so pleased to be able to help them in this time of great need.”
Funding for the ARP grants comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information about these grants, including grant guidelines and application forms for the ARP Humanities Recovery Grants, can be found on the MHC website.
ARP Museum Relief Grants awarded:
• B.B. King Museum (Indianola) - $15,000
• Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum (Vicksburg) - $7,500
• Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale)- $15,000
• Elvis Presley Birthplace (Tupelo) - $15,000
• Grammy Museum Mississippi (Cleveland) – $15,000
• Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (Gulfport) - $15,000
• Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (Jackson) - $20,000
• Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (Meridian) - $15,000
• Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum (Gulfport) $20,000
• Mississippi Children’s Museum (Jackson) - $10,000
• Mississippi Maritime and Seafood Museum (Biloxi)- $20,000
• Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson) - $10,000
• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (Jackson) - $12,500
• Two Mississippi Museums (Jackson)- $20,000
• Walter Anderson Museum (Ocean Springs)- $15,000