Pallone Announces Federal Grant to Improve Cultural Institutions Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Nov 29, 2012 Issues: Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey

WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the New Jersey Council for the Humanities an Emergency Chairman’s Grant of $30,000.  The grant will go towards repairing New Jersey’s cultural infrastructure and historic institutions that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The National Endowment for the Humanities grant will help pay for improvements and cleanup to historic and cultural sites in New Jersey that were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, such as cemeteries and museums.  The Council referenced the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove as an example of a cultural institution in need of repair.  In addition, many humanities organizations, like libraries, served as shelters, emergency supply distribution centers and charging stations during the storm.  The funding may also go to these organizations to defray hurricane-related costs.

“New Jersey residents are very proud of our state’s cultural and historic offerings, and this grant will help ensure they are maintained for generations to come,” said Pallone.  “I thank the National Endowment for the Humanities for this emergency grant that will protect our cultural landmarks and support our humanities organizations, many of which stretched their resources to help out our community following the devastating storm.”

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities plans to use an online application form to distribute the funds to institutions throughout the state.

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