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Amarillo Globe-News

Amarillo Organizations receive Humanities Texas Relief Grants

Seven cultural and educational nonprofit organizations in Amarillo have received Relief Grants from Humanities Texas. According to a news release, Humanities Texas awarded more than $1.1 million to 198 Texas nonprofits that suffered losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recipients include the Amarillo Museum of Art, American Quarter Horse Foundation, Center City of Amarillo, Chamber Music Amarillo, High Plains Public Radio, Kwahadi Museum and Texas Panhandle War Memorial Foundation. These organizations offer historical and cultural programs that have significant impact in the Amarillo area. Humanities Texas aims to help these organizations remain vital in this difficult time.

Humanities Texas Relief Grant recipients include museums, libraries, preservation organizations and heritage and cultural centers, among many others. Among all other recipients, half have annual budgets of less than $300,000 and nearly a third of the grants went to organizations in communities of 20,000 people or fewer. Grants can cover both operating and programming expenses, enabling recipients to pay overhead costs, retain staff, shift in-person programming to online and make resources available to those who depend on them for education and connection.

"We are fortunate to have the opportunity to provide critical support to so many organizations across the state," said Humanities Texas Executive Director Eric Lupfer. "We will continue to seek ways to assist Texas cultural and educational institutions in surviving this crisis."

Funding for these grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.