Wisconsin Humanities Council
Press Release

More than $367,000 in Recovery Funds Awarded to 47 Nonprofits by Wisconsin Humanities


By - Dec 6th, 2021 12:51 pm

MADISON, WI, December 6, 2021 – Across Wisconsin, 47 nonprofit organizations including libraries, civic and cultural groups, and historical societies, were awarded Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants to help the state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic.  The awards represent the final round of grants made by Wisconsin Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. More than $422,000 in Recovery Grant funds were previously awarded to 52 organizations.

“We received 123 applications demonstrating more than $1.7 million in need,” said Dena Wortzel, Executive Director of Wisconsin Humanities. “We weighed factors including need, location, strength of their public humanities work, the audience served, and how they would address the impacts of the pandemic.   For this final recovery grant round, we made special efforts to reach organizations that connect with underserved audiences.”

Funds awarded will help organizations with everything from salary support and utility bills to strategic planning and cultural programming, and improving public access to communities’ history through digitization. “Clearly, a great deal of need remains for these cultural organizations,” says Wortzel. “We know our grants help them maintain their operations and find ways to bring educational and cultural programs back to their communities as we emerge from the pandemic.” None of the ARP funds were used to cover the cost of administering this special grant program.

The following organizations were awarded grants in this final round:

Organization Name  Organization City  County 
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Washburn Bayfield
Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center Iron River Bayfield
Mondovi Public Library Mondovi Buffalo
Burnett County Historical Society Danbury Burnett
Dane County Historical Society Madison Dane
Black Earth Public Library Black Earth Dane
Dane County Library Service Madison Dane
UW-Madison – Center for the Humanities Madison Dane
Egg Harbor Historical Society Egg Harbor Door
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Eau Claire Eau Claire
Forest County Historical Genealogical Society Crandon Forest
UW-Platteville Platteville Grant
Heritage Military Music Foundation Watertown Jefferson
Vang Council of La Crosse, Inc. La Crosse La Crosse
La Crosse Public Library La Crosse La Crosse
Lafayette County Historical Society Darlington Lafayette
T.B. Scott Free Library Merrill Lincoln
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance Milwaukee Milwaukee
Marquette University Milwaukee Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Historical Society Milwaukee Milwaukee
Southside Organizing Committee Milwaukee Milwaukee
Ex Fabula Milwaukee Milwaukee
CAPITA Productions, Inc. Milwaukee Milwaukee
UW-Milwaukee-Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education Milwaukee Milwaukee
Black Arts MKE, Inc. Milwaukee Milwaukee
Art Start Milwaukee Milwaukee
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block, Inc. Milwaukee Milwaukee
Bembe Drum and Dance Milwaukee Milwaukee
Oconto County Historical Society, Inc. Oconto Oconto
The Building for Kids, Inc. Appleton Outagamie
Oneida Nation Oneida Outagamie
Muehl Public Library Seymour Outagamie
African Heritage, Inc Appleton Outagamie
People of Progression INC Appleton Outagamie
Osceola Historical Society Osceola Polk
Philadelphia Community Farm, Inc. Osceola Polk
Portage County Historical Society Stevens Point Portage
Racine County Historical Society and Museum, Inc. Racine Racine
Roy Chapman Andrews Society Beloit Rock
Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc. Baraboo Sauk
New Richmond Preservation Society New Richmond St. Croix
Western Taylor County Public Library Gilman Taylor
Rib Lake Public Library Rib Lake Taylor
Whitehall Public Library Whitehall Trempealeau
Waupaca Area Public Library Waupaca Waupaca
Patterson Memorial Library Wild Rose Waushara

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