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Museum Association of NY Awarded $20,000 from Humanities NY

October 26, 2021 9:05 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is honored to receive a $20,000 SHARP grant from Humanities New York (HNY) to support New York’s museums.

HNY awarded a total of $1.2 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to 120 NYS cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities Through the American Rescue Plan) Operating Grants focus on organizations with a core humanities mission and ranged from $1,000 to $20,000. Grants will be used to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as staff salaries, utilities, and rent, as well as for humanities programming and professional development. 

"HNY is delighted to support MANY's work advancing the museum field. We are excited that the SHARP grant will help MANY provide tools and resources to cultural organizations seeking to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility,” said Sara Ogger Humanities New York Executive Director.

HNY reviewed nearly 200 applications from cultural organizations requesting over $3 million in funding. Just over 60% of applications were funded. HNY prioritized equitable grantmaking by considering geographic location, mission, and the importance of reaching underrepresented communities in its funding decisions.

“Humanities New York has been an incredible partner to us and our museum colleagues helping us deliver in-person and virtual programming including our fall Partnership Forums,” said MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger. “We thank HNY for their continued support of the Museum Association of New York and their dedication to cultural nonprofits.”

"MANY's virtual and in-person workshops, as well as their annual conference, are valuable opportunities to learn and connect with museums from around the state,” said Scarlett Rebman, Humanities New York Director of Grants. 

Learn more about other NYS museums awarded HNY SHARP grants here: https://nysmuseums.org/MANYnews/11130581 

Read the full press release from Humanities NY: https://humanitiesny.org/humanities-new-york-awards-1-2-million-in-arp-act-funding/ 

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About MANY

The Museum Association of New York inspires, connects, and strengthens New York’s cultural community statewide by advocating, educating, collaborating, and supporting professional standards and organizational development. MANY ensures that New York State museums operate at their full potential as economic drivers and essential components of their communities. Visit www.nysmuseums.org and follow MANY on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @nysmuseums 

About Humanities New York

Using dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking, Humanities New York applies the humanities to strengthen democratic society. Established in 1975 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York is a private 501(c)(3) organization that may receive federal, state, and private funding.

About SHARP: HNY SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities via the federal American Rescue Plan Act. 

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The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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