National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that it will award up to $1 million in emergency grants to preserve humanities collections and help restore operations at libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Cultural institutions in FEMA-designated disaster areas can apply directly to NEH for streamlined emergency grants of up to $30,000 through the agency's website, This special Chairman's Emergency Grant opportunity will be open until December 31, 2017.

Humanities Texas

With significant support from NEH, Humanities Texas will also award fast-track Hurricane Recovery Grants to cultural and historical institutions in Texas that suffered damage and losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Requests of up to $3,000 will be reviewed within ten business days and awarded quickly. Larger grants are also possible. Eligible costs include cleanup, conservation, rental of temporary meeting space, and basic institutional and operational costs, such as purchasing equipment and replacing inventory, shelving, and roofing. Please see the Humanities Texas website for information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply.

NEH and Humanities Texas have met with other statewide organizations and agencies to explore opportunities for collaborative support efforts. Hurricane Harvey recovery assistance is also CURRENTLY available from the following institutions:

Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is offering Fiscal Year 2018 Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF) Emergency Grants to provide funding to historic properties and archeological resources in the state-declared disaster areas that sustained damage due to Hurricane Harvey. The THC anticipates grant awards to be in the $10,000–$30,000 range. If you can demonstrate a positive impact from an emergency project under $10,000, please consider submitting it for consideration. The THC will accept TPTF Emergency Grant Program applications for fiscal year 2018 until November 30, 2017. More»

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is offering Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants, which fund Texas library services and programs to aid libraries that sustained damage by Hurricane Harvey. The grants will fund operating expenditures such as library supplies and materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services. To be eligible, grant expenses must be reasonable and in accordance with appropriate state or local operating policies and procedures and must be designed to respond directly to the disaster. The maximum grant award will be $5,000 for a single location. More»

Texas Library Association

The Texas Library Association (TLA) has earmarked $100,000 for grants to support Texas libraries damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Academic, public, school, and special libraries are eligible for financial assistance. Individuals do not have to be a TLA member to apply or receive assistance. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $5,000. More»

American Association for State and Local History

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will offer mini-grants from its Hurricane Cultural Relief Fund, which was developed to offer hurricane-impacted cultural organizations a gap fund to allow them to purchase needed supplies for disaster recovery. Eligibility is based on the institution's need. Applicants do not need to be members of AASLH, the Texas Association of Museums, or any other professional organizations. Mini-grants are available up to $800. More»

The historic Fulton Mansion in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. © William Luther/San Antonio Express-News/ZUMA Wire.

Wharton County Historical Museum in Wharton, Texas, surrounded by floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson, Air Force Public Affairs Agency.