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Hurricane Recovery Grants

In late August, New York was hit hard by Hurricane Irene and in early September several areas were also affected by Tropical Storm Lee.  Many cultural organizations including libraries, museums, and historical societies sustained major damage.   With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Emergency Fund the Council is offering small grants to help these organizations recover.   

Grants of up to $1,000 are available from the Council for tax-exempt cultural groups who serve the general public in New York State and whose buildings or collections were damaged by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. These grants are to be used to defray salary costs for professional staff members’ work associated with storm clean-up and recovery.

The Council has chosen this focus for its grants because it recognizes that dedicated staff members of our state’s cultural groups will be working many additional hours in the coming months to oversee the clean-up and in many cases re-opening of their organizations.

Award Payments
Grants are released in one payment, by check, and made payable to the Sponsoring Organization. Click here for more information about the Council's pay cycle >

Final Reporting
Recipients of Hurricane Recovery Grants are required to submit a short final reporting form demonstrating the impact Council support has had on your site's recovery efforts. 

Click here to submit your final report > This form should take no more than ten minutes to complete and must be submitted no later than February 29, 2012.
Please reference your award paperwork's "Project #" and "Award Amount" when completing your final reporting.

If you have any questions about this reporting or your grant, please email Lauren Kushnick or you can call 212-233-1131.

Book Donations Now Available for Hurricane-Impacted Sites

UPDATE: Book donations now open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State

The Council has an inventory of books from our old reading and discussion programs for which we are seeking a good home. We invite any tax-exempt organization, whether or not they were impacted by the hurricanes, to request a donation of these books. 

Libraries and other tax-exempt organizations can order one or more set of the 4-book series that were used in our former Reading Between the Lines program. The Council will cover the cost of shipping books to the host organization.  The full list of books/series available can be downloaded here. Our hope is that these books can be used in reading and discussion programs or book clubs for years to come, so you may want to coordinate with your local library to arrange circulation of books among other sites in your area.

To request a donation, please complete this simple online application form and specify the number of sets you would like to receive.  In this competitive application process, the Council is looking for organizations who demonstrate both need and capacity in their applications.

If you have questions about book donations and whether your site is eligible email Program Officer Leah Nahmias or call 212-233-1131.