Center Receives $5,000 COVID
Funding from NJ Historical Commission
NJ Historical Commission Awards Cultural Center
Advancing its ongoing commitment to addressing the essential financial needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Historical Commission has approved $230,000 in supplemental fiscal year 2021 funding for history organizations across the state. The grants, in the sum of $5,000 each to 46 grantees, will be focused on maintaining staffing and other critical services, such as collections care and security costs; purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of staff and visitors; and expanding virtual history programs and services to students, parents, teachers, and the public.
“This funding will further support New Jersey’s efforts to alleviate the pandemic’s considerable financial impact on the state’s non-profit history community,” noted Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “Supporting essential jobs and safety protocols, while securing key technology advancements that will expand programmatic reach and diversify audiences is exactly what is needed to provide the foundation for a successful future.”
"The supplemental grant funds come as the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) recently documented the profound effect the COVID-19 pandemic."
The supplemental grant funds come as the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) recently documented the profound effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the industry nationwide. Over 75% of museums reported that their operating income fell an average of 40 percent in 2020; nearly half of museums surveyed noted that their total staff size decreased by an average of 29 percent; and almost 60 percent responded that they were forced to cut back on education, programming, and other public services due to budget shortfalls and/or staff reductions.