The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, with support from the State of Louisiana, is offering grant opportunities to support cultural nonprofit organizations in ongoing efforts to mitigate previous impacts from emergency events and prepare for future threats. The grant application is open now, and organizations may request up to $10,000.
Natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, and a range of other types of emergency events, pose serious threats to Louisiana’s critical cultural infrastructure. The Emergency Mitigation and Preparedness Grant will help organizations better prepare for and respond to potential threats, reducing vulnerability and putting in place clear and current strategies for mitigating the effects of future emergencies.
Humanities-focused organizations and nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status operating within Louisiana are eligible to apply. The LEH, as the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities, defines humanities as the exploration and documentation of the human experience and includes subjects such as language, literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. A full definition can be found on the grant page here.
The grants are meant to support emergency mitigation and preparedness activities that will reduce the effects of past or future natural disaster damage, including but not limited to:
- Physical repairs or improvements that reduce vulnerability;
- Support in developing written emergency plans;
- Underwriting staff time to create, update and implement written emergency plans;
- Staff training, such as workshops or other professional development opportunities, directly related to emergency planning and implementation;
- Coverage or partial coverage of insurance storm deductible;
- IT support to underwrite moving servers and other local systems vulnerable to onsite flooding to the cloud.
Applications for the Emergency Mitigation and Preparedness Grants close December 13, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. If you have questions or if you would like to set up a virtual meeting to discuss plans, contact LEH Director of Grants Erin Voisin at [email protected].