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Grants assist local non-profits focusing on humanities

Grants assist local non-profits focusing on humanities.
Grants assist local non-profits focusing on humanities.(Melanie Standiford | Humanities Nebraska)
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 4:26 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Several North Platte non-profit organizations were awarded grant money for their focus on the humanities throughout the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

Awarded by district through Humanities Nebraska (HN), the Golden Spike Tower was granted $5,000; the Lincoln County Historical Society was granted $10,000; the North Platte Community Playhouse was granted $2,500; and the Prairie Arts Center was granted $5,000.

Other area non-profit organizations included are: Friends of the Kenfield Gallery, Ogallala with a grant of $3,500; Friends of the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff with a $10,000 grant; Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering with a $10,000 grant; Heartland Military Museum in Lexington with a $6,510 grant; and Custer County Historical Society in Broken Bow with a $4,850 grant.

As of June 22 HN has awarded $429,217 in CARES Act dollars to 73 Nebraska non-profit organizations.

The funds were designated to assist Nebraska museums, historic sites, and other cultural non-profit organizations who are in need of general operating support in order to continue humanities activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

“I have spoken to a number of these organizations, and they have all expressed how crucial this funding is to survive this time of social distancing,” stated Chris Sommerich, HN’s executive director. “The humanities are vital to maintaining human connections, curiosity, and interpersonal communication that vastly improves quality of life, even when we are not able to move about the state as we normally would.”

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