NEH Chairman’s Emergency Grants Available for Humanities Institutions Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Museums, archives, colleges, libraries, and historical societies encouraged to apply for grants of up to $30,000

Houston museum flooded by Harvey
Photo caption

A museum near Houston, Texas, sits surrounded by floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 31, 2017.

Photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson, Air Force Public Affairs Agency

WASHINGTON, (September 7, 2017)

UPDATE (September 25, 2017) — NEH emergency grants for hurricane relief have been extended to cultural institutions affected by Hurricane Maria. Museums, archives, libraries, colleges, and other nonprofit cultural organizations in any FEMA-designated disaster zone in the United States or U.S. territory are eligible to apply for an NEH Chairman’s Emergency Grant.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites institutions impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to apply for fast-track emergency grants to preserve and protect humanities collections at libraries, museums, colleges, universities, historical societies, and other cultural organizations.

Cultural institutions in FEMA-designated disaster areas of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other impacted states and U.S. territories can apply immediately for NEH Chairman’s Emergency Grants of up to $30,000 to preserve documents, books, photographs, art works, historical objects, sculptures, and structures damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flooding. This special Chairman’s Grant opportunity will be open until December 31, 2017. Applications for emergency grants are available here.

NEH will award up to $1 million in emergency grants. These funds may be used for activities such as drying, cleaning, and packing humanities collections, transferring artifacts to temporary storage, or consulting with conservators and preservation professionals.

Additionally, all current NEH grantees impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may apply to change the scope of their grants to repurpose the agency’s funding to focus on critical needs.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received by NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access. To submit an application, or for additional information, please contact the division at (202) 606-8570 or @email

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