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Press Release: CARES Act Funding Awarded

76 Organizations Received Over $535,000 in CARES Act Funding
Missouri Humanities Distributed Emergency Relief Across Missouri Through Funding Received by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – As part of the $2 trillion CARES Act legislation passed by Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities distributed $75 million to all 56 State and Territorial Humanities Councils. Missouri Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce that 76 organizations throughout Missouri received a collective total of $535,400 of CARES Act funding through grants approved by MH.

“Missouri’s unique history and culture are preserved and shared in museums, galleries, and outdoor spaces throughout our state. These organizations are a critical part of our tourism industry and will play an important role in our economic recovery,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “I appreciate the Missouri Humanities Council’s efforts to get federal resources out to these organizations to help them sustain operations through this crisis.”

“With an eye towards Missouri’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Missouri Humanities Council (and partner organizations) will utilize CARES Act Funding to preserve and honor Missouri’s rich history and cultural contributions,” Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe said.

“As the state of Missouri continues to deal with the economic fallout in lost jobs, furloughed staff, and lost revenue humanities organizations throughout the state are feeling the direct impact of this pandemic,” said Executive Director of Missouri Humanities, Dr. William S. Belko. “MH was honored to award CARES Act funding from the NEH to deserving organizations in Missouri who continue engaging the people of the Show-Me State in the power of life-long learning.”

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