The Hurricane Cultural Relief Fund was developed to offer cultural organizations impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma a gap fund to allow them to purchase needed supplies for disaster recovery. Mini-grants are available up to $800.

Eligibility is based on the institution’s need. Applicants do not need to be members of AASLH, the Texas Association of Museums, or any other professional organizations. Applicants should be in areas directly impacted by the September 2017 hurricanes: Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. Awardees are required to submit a brief, final report on their project to AASLH by June 15, 2018, (no more than 250 words with image) describing how the money was used. The narrative may be edited for an article to be published in Dispatch, History News, or the AASLH blog.

AASLH will award up to $800. Requests will be reviewed by a volunteer panel on a first-come/first-served basis. Funds can be awarded for items purchased by cultural institutions for disaster recovery before the application deadline but after September 1. Due to the limited nature of the funds, it is possible that funds will run out, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Applications are due online by 5 p.m. central time on October 10, 2017 via the Submittable online submission system. An independent committee will judge all applications and grant the awards.

September 22 – Application period begins
October 10 – Application period closes
October 11-13 – Application review period
October 16 – Applicants notified of results
October 19 – AASLH will release grant funds to institution via check
June 15 – Institution’s final report due


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