As Upstate Recovers And Reopens After COVID-19 Pandemic, NEH Funding Will Help To Preserve Cultural Education and Non-Profit Jobs; Upstate New York Will Receive Almost 6% Of Total Funding Announced For Humanities Organizations Across The Country; Key Component of Upstate Economy 

Grants Can Be Used For Essential Operations, To Advance Humanities Research, And To Retain, Rehire, Or Hire New Staff

Senators: Investment In Humanities, Cultural Organizations, And Non-Profits Paints Bright Picture For New York’s Future

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,312,046 allocated by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in CARES Act economic stabilization grants, which will help sustain humanities organizations across Upstate New York. The grants will sustain jobs by supporting essential operations for local cultural nonprofits and educational programming – key components of the Upstate economy – that have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The senators explained that the funding can be used to retain or rehire staff and/or hire new staff who will help humanities organizations recover from the economic and social impacts of COVID-19. Additionally, the senators said funding will be used to advance humanities research and maintain buildings and other core operations.

“Non-profits and cultural organizations are critical parts of the Upstate economy that create jobs and serve vital functions so I am pleased to provide this critical federal support to help them survive through the COVID crisis,” said Senator Schumer, who led the negotiations to create this stream of funding in the CARES Act. “This federal funding will help New York along its road to recovery from the pandemic and foster communities that are enriched and inspired. The pandemic did not snuff out our thirst for cultural education, nor the jobs in that vital sector, and I’m proud to deliver this critical funding that will feed our communities the cultural nourishment they need.”

“This critical investment in Upstate New York will advance education and humanities research in our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Because of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), our cultural institutions are able to reach more families and communities with programming that enriches, educates, and inspires. As New York communities prepare to reopen, this critical CARES funding is pivotal in the advancement of our education and economy, and will help define who we are as a nation. I am proud to have fought for this funding and will continue pushing to fund non-profits, cultural organizations, and humanities.”

The senators said that Upstate New York State will receive nearly 6% of the $40.3 million in grants the NEH is allocating this month. New York State as a whole will receive $6,841,387. The grants come from the $75 million in supplemental grant funding the NEH received through the CARES Act.

Nationally, the NEH estimates that the additional grant funding will support projects that will ultimately reach an audience of 137 million people.

Recipients of the NEH CARES grant in Upstate New York are listed below:



Project Title

Southern Tier – $781,265

SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton


Critical Support for Foreign Language Instruction at Binghamton University

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.


Safe at Home Education Resources

Cornell University


Cornell University Press – Open Access in a Closed World

History Center in Tompkins County


Youth Program Resilience, and Community Archives and Exhibits

Capital Region – $76,819

Historic Cherry Hill


Historical African American Experiences at Cherry Hill: Lessons for the Digital Age

Union College, Schenectady


First Citizen Remembered: The Papers of John Bigelow and the Nation at Home and Abroad, 1833-1911

Western New York – $461,278

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society


EOS: Exploring Our Stories

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy


Support for Cataloguing, Photographing, and Digitizing Artworks from Marisol’s Bequest to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association


Women’s Suffrage in New York

Seneca Nation of Indians


Seneca Nation Archives Department Preservation and Access

Finger Lakes Region – $208,046

George Eastman Museum


Transforming Audience Engagement and Reach Through Digital Programs

Roberts Wesleyan College


Roberts Wesleyan College A.S. Arts & Culture

Central New York – $398,462

Seward House Museum


Sustaining Museum Educators during a Global Pandemic

North Country Children’s Museum


History Exhibit & Cultural Programs

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute


Virtual Exploration and Engagement of Munson-William’s Victorian American Period Rooms through COVID-19 and Beyond

Fort Ticonderoga Association


From Fort to Screen: Ticonderoga’s Virtual Public Programming

Hudson Valley – $386,176

Putnam History Museum


Socially Distant Outdoor and Online Programming Initiative

Katonah Museum of Art

$174, 371

Online Public Programming During the Shutdown

Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center


Digitization Project, Edward Hooper Archive

Marist College


The Digital Humanities Class Development Project


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