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2011 NEH FULL Final Report for Hurricane Recovery Grants

2011 NEH FULL Final Report for Hurricane Recovery Grants

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Following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Council was granted an emergency grant from the NEH to support recovery efforts at cultural organizations in upstate New York.

This final report details the results of that funding.

Following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Council was granted an emergency grant from the NEH to support recovery efforts at cultural organizations in upstate New York.

This final report details the results of that funding.

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New York Council for the Humanities
NEH Final Report: Hurricane Recovery Grants
 
The New York Council for the Humanities is incredibly thankful to Chairman Leach and the NEH for the generousaward of $30,000 from the Chairman’s Emergency Fund. Without this support, the New York Council for theHumanities would not have been able to award 31 Hurricane Recovery Grants in the fall of 2011.
Overview:
$ 30,082.25 
 Awarded
 
Council Grants
2,821
Hours Supported by the Council
 $
 
1,069.236.90
Total Community Match
7,379
Total Hours Spent on Clean-up
 
 Addressing A Need:
 Flood waters covered the first floor of our buildings. We have not only lost electric, heating, plumbing, windows, floors, carpets, walls, and artifacts, but have lost our fall season of  fundraising.” 
 
Donna McCabe, Schoharie Colonial Heritage AssociationIn the Summer of 2011, New York was hit by two major storms, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, resultingin the state being declared a disaster area on August 31, 2011. Many cultural organizations including libraries,museums, and historical societies sustained major damage to their collections and facilities. The Council’sHurricane Recovery Grants supported staff hours associated with storm clean-up and recovery efforts at thesesites.
Responsive Grant-making:
“Thank you very much for this good news. Your support is greatly appreciated. I would especially like to thank the NYCH for making the application process so simple, speedy and efficient. The Council’s response reflects an understanding of how best to serve the urgent needs of cultural institutions.” 
Jackie Day, Long Island MuseumJust weeks after receiving the NEH’s support, the Council launched our grants program, spread the word, receivedand awarded the first grant, and cut & mailed the first check!Due to power outages and damaged equipment, notifying organizations about their grant was also a challenge.Paperwork was sent by mail, email, phone, fax, and even on personal facebook/twitter pages.The average time between a submitted application and a Council decision was 4 days and funds were onaverage distributed within 2 weeks.
Leveraging Community Support:
“Every little bit helps. I think the fact that such a prestigious agency found our effortsworthwhile helped us raise additional funds from other sources.” 
 Andrew Weintraub, Rhinebeck Performing ArtsThe following information along with images and articles was collected as part of grantees’ final reports, which were requested after 3 months of receiving our funds. Clean-up efforts are still ongoing at several sites, but as of  August 3, 2012, a total of 5,851 hours have been spent by grantees on their recovery efforts.Despite the extent of the damage and the amount of work that still remains, many organizations cited these modestgrants as a crucial resource that helped them leverage additional community support. Often the Council’sHurricane Recovery Grants were received before FEMA and other sources, and were the start of an organization’sfundraising efforts. As a result of the Council’s support, these 31 grantees were able to raise $1,069,236.90 inmatch from their communities.
 
 Appendixes:
 
 A.
 
Overview for legislator packetsB.
 
Before & After PicturesC.
 
Newspaper ArticlesD.
 
Map of Awarded GrantsE.
 
QuotesF.
 
Timing of Grant Program Launch and Administration
Contact:
Lauren Kushnick, Manager of Grants and Technology New York Council for the Humanitieslkushnick@nyhumanities.org (212) 993-7864
 
New York Council for the Humanities
Hurricane Recovery Grants
 
The New York Council for the Humanities received a $30,000 NationalEndowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Grant to provide staff salary relief to upstate cultural organizations affected by flooding duringHurricanes Irene and Lee. We supported 31 organizations in 16 counties:
$ 30,082.25 
 Awarded
 
Council Grants
2,821
Hours Supported by the Council
$
 
1,069.236.90
Total Community Match
7,379
Total Hours Spent on Clean-up
 
Alice Curtis Desmond andHamilton Fish Library, Garrison($1,000)
 
Altamont Free Library ($1,000)
 
Coburn Free Library ($1,000)
 
Fort Plain Museum ($1,000)
 
Foundation for The Open Eye,Margaretville ($1,000)
 
Gomez Foundation for Mill House,Marlboro ($1,000)
 
Goshen Public Library andHistorical Society ($1,000)
 
Hammond Museum & JapaneseStroll Garden, North Salem($1,000)
 
Hudson River Maritime Museum,Kingston ($600)
 
Hudson Valley Writers’ Center,Sleepy Hollow ($1,000)
 
Long Island Museum of AmericanArt, History & Carriages, StonyBrook ($1,000)
 
The Middleburgh Library ($1,000)
 
Montgomery County HistoricalSociety, Fort Johnson ($1,000)
 
 Nanticoke Valley HistoricalSociety, Maine ($1,000)
 
Paine Memorial Free Library,Willsboro ($582.25)
 
Port Chester Rye Brook PublicLibrary ($1,000)
 
Rhinebeck Performing Arts,($1,000)
 
Roxbury Arts Group ($1,000)
 
Rye Free Reading Room ($1,000)
 
Saugerties Historical Society($1,000)
 
Schoharie Colonial HeritageAssociation ($1,000)
 
Schoharie Free Library Association($1,000)
 
Slate Valley Museum Foundation,Granville ($1,000)
 
Tahawus Lodge Center, Au SableForks ($1,000)
 
Tioga County Council on the Arts,Owego ($1,000)
 
Tioga County Historical Society,Owego ($1,000)
 
Wallkill Public Library ($900)
 
The Walter Elwood Museum of theMohawk Valley, Amsterdam($1,000)
 
Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay ($1,000)
 
The Whaling Museum Society,Cold Spring Harbor ($1,000)
 
Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville($1,000)
“I would especially like to thank the Council for making the application process so simple, speedy andefficient. The Council’s response reflects anunderstanding of how best to serve the urgent needs of cultural institutions.” —Jackie Day, Long IslandMuseum“While grants can typically be a laborious process, themuseum received a call the day after submitting oneapplication. A $1,000 grant from the New York Councilfor the Humanities will cover costs associated with theflooding.” —David Taube, The Post-Star At left, the Guy Park Manor in Amsterdam,home of the Walter Elwood Museum.
 

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