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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a resource to aid recovery for cultural institutions after a natural disaster.  Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions is designed to help archives, arts centers, libraries, museums, historical societies and historic sites find the resources they need. 

 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convenings, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation.

 

The following grant opportunities are available for museums through the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

 

  • The Conservation Support program awards matching grants to help museums identify conservation needs and priorities and perform activities to ensure the safekeeping of their collections.

  • Museums for America grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals.

  • National Leadership Grants enable libraries and museums to help people gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and resources that enhance their engagement in community, work, family, and society. Projects should enable libraries and museums to address current problems in creative ways, develop and test innovative solutions, and expand the boundaries within which cultural heritage institutions operate.

 

  • The 21st Century Museum Professionals program supports a range of activities, including professional training in all areas of museum operations and leadership development. This program provides the museum community with support for a variety of training and personnel development activities for museum staff members across all types of museums, as well as the collection and dissemination of information to museum professionals and the public.

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The Southeastern Museums Conference created the Museums Helping Museums program to provide support to museums affected by Hurricane Katrina.

 

The American Association of Museums offers hurricane recovery strategies for its members. 

 

Libraries           

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a resource to aid recovery for cultural institutions after a natural disaster.  Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions is designed to help archives, arts centers, libraries, museums, historical societies and historic sites find the resources they need. 

 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convenings, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation.

 

The Dewey Donation System has launched its 2006 Book Drive to benefit the Harrison County Library System. Potential donors can pick from a list of requested books from these libraries or make a cash donation to help libraries in Harrison County restore their collections.

 

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program is offered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science. It also supports grants for research related to library education and library staffing needs, curriculum development, and continuing education and training.

 

The Americans for Libraries Council has created the Gulf Coast Libraries Renewal Fund to enable short-term and long-term redevelopment of Gulf Coast libraries.  The Gulf Coast Libraries Renewal Fund will: (1) Build a pool of private sector support so surviving libraries in the coastal states of Louisiana , Alabama and Mississippi can continue to offer necessary services; (2) Aid in the restoration and rebuilding of libraries rendered unusable by the storm, a list that continues to grow; (3) Strengthen public awareness and use of libraries as essential institutions for the educational, economic and civic redevelopment of the Gulf Coast states; (4) Promote public-private partnerships for long term library renewal and innovation.

 

The American Library Association has established the Adopt a Library Program to connect Gulf Coast libraries with libraries in other parts of the country that can provide relief.

 

First Book has created the Book Relief program to distribute books to schools and libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina.

 

Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians and the National Education Association, is sponsoring the Dollar General School Library Relief Fund in states served by Dollar General.  The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster.  Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.

 

Cultural Institutions

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a resource to aid recovery for cultural institutions after a natural disaster.  Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions is designed to help archives, arts centers, libraries, museums, historical societies and historic sites find the resources they need. 

 

The Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Program integrates environmental and historic preservation considerations into FEMA's mission of mitigation, response and recovery. The EHP program assists agency staff and non-federal partners in anticipating and accomplishing environmental and historic preservation reviews required by federal laws and executive orders.

 

The Mississippi Heritage Trust (MHT) has begun a Pilot Stabilization Program to stabilize several historic structures damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  This program will demonstrate that damaged historic buildings can be stabilized and saved hopefully bring additional monies for similar projects.

 

MHT has also created the Historic Properties Recovery Fund to help save historic properties damaged in the hurricane.  Donations will be used immediately for temporary stabilization, technical assistance for property owners, and public education.

 

The Historic Preservation Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History serves as the State Historic Preservation Office, managing Mississippi's participation in the national historic preservation program , and provides several resources for cultural institutions.

 

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides emergency grants for hurricane relief to humanities institutions in the Gulf States.

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has established the 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund to support assessment teams, assist small businesses through the National Main Street Center, and disperse critical grant monies to help defray costs for historic communities. 

 

The American Association for State and Local History has created the Historical Resources Recovery Fund to help preserve damaged or at risk historical resources.  Contributions will help preserve damaged or at risk historical resources in history organizations in the Hurricane Katrina relief area. AASLH is currently working to secure matching grants from foundations to help build the pool of funds available to help historical Historical Resources.

 

The Arts

 

The Mississippi Arts Commission is the official grantsmaking and service agency for the arts in Mississippi, and offers several resources for artists and arts institutions on the Gulf Coast who suffered loss due to Hurricane Katrina.

 

Americans for the Arts has established an Emergency Relief Fund to provide financial assistance for rebuilding arts in hurricane-affected communities.   Relief funds are distributed directly to local arts agencies and other cultural relief efforts.  Local arts agencies may use relief funds to assist with their own recovery as well as to provide needed services and funding to local nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists.

 

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund offers grants and loans for craft artists who have been seriously injured or whose homes or studios have been significantly damaged by a disaster. 

 

The Southern Arts Federation has established an Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists in Gulf Coast communities. The Fund assists artists and arts organizations along the Gulf Coast who are seeking to rebuild their homes, work spaces and communities in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  All donations are disbursed between the state arts agencies of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, who then distribute assistance to individual artists and organizations in need.