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Half-Million-Dollar Fund Available for Cultural Projects Halted by Covid-19 Outbreak

By on April 8, 2020

(Screen capture of www.fphpr.org)

Groups must apply with Puerto Rican Endowment for Humanities

SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities (FPH by its Spanish initials) announced Wednesday that it will grant $500,000 to cultural organizations that have been economically affected by the Covid-19 emergency.

FPH Executive Director Margarita Benítez said in a press release that these funds are available thanks to a special allocation from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). She said the emergency funding is contained in a resolution approved by the U.S. Congress that awarded $75 million to NEH for these purposes.

FPH Executive Director Margarita Benítez (Courtesy)

Mini-donations of $3,000 are available for organizations that had cultural or humanities-related projects interrupted by the novel coronavirus emergency, Benítez said, adding that once these new NEH funds arrive, the FPH will inform how they will be distributed.

“In these difficult times, we know that the humanities are essential to understand what is happening, both around us and in ourselves, and to discern what norms and criteria should illuminate our actions,” the FPH head said. “Likewise, we have seen how crises have a stronger impact on the most vulnerable, whom we cannot forget or leave behind.”

To apply for the $3,000 mini-donations, cultural entities should contact Sonya Canetti of the FPH Projects Office by email at sonya.canetti@fphpr.org, Benítez said. These organizations may obtain more information on the NEH allocation by visiting www.neh.gov.

“At the FPH, we shape new ways of putting the humanities’ valuable tools in the hands of all. We feel the need to connect with other fields of research and knowledge -such as the sciences, medicine, the arts, education, law, communication, the social sciences, cultural management and community action- that we have all learned to value much more these days,” she added.

Since its creation in 1977, the FPH — an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with the NEH — has contributed to the island’s cultural and humanistic development by subsidizing organizations, communities, museums, universities and individuals undertaking projects that reflect the diversity of the Puerto Rican experience, its heritage, traditions and history.

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