2012-2013 Disaster Recovery Grants
When Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, it unleashed catastrophic damage up and down the East Coast. In its wake New Yorkers came together to clean up, help out, and rebuild.
Many of the state’s cultural organizations sustained major damage: libraries lost collections, historic sites were compromised, and museums were forced to close their doors for extensive clean up. To assist in the recovery efforts for these important community assets, the New York Council for the Humanities is offering grants of up to $1,500 to defray costs for staff, paid workers & volunteers working on storm related clean up.
Grants for recovery assistance are no longer being offered as of March 2013.
Disaster Recovery Grants assist in the recovery efforts of New York cultural organizations, the Council is offering grants of up to $1,500 to defray costs for staff, paid workers & volunteers working on storm related clean up.
The Council's Hurricane Recovery Grants and other Superstorm Sandy related resources were made possible by a Chairman's grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an Officer's Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Any New York State cultural group whose sites or collections were damaged by Sandy is eligible to apply. “We have chosen this focus because we know that the most valuable resource these organizations have is their dedicated staff members.” says Executive Director, Sara Ogger. “Moreover, while insurance and FEMA funds can cover direct hurricane damage, and volunteers are stepping up to provide manpower, the professional staff members of these organizations will have to put in many extra hours to oversee the clean-up and reopening of their institutions.” Organizations that have already received Council grant support in 2012 may also apply.
Grants are released in one payment as soon as the Council can receive a signed agreement form. Funds are made available by check, and made payable to the Sponsoring Organization.
Award 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. 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 contact Lauren Kushnick by email or phone at 212-993-7864.
Last updated May 8, 2013.