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Museum Receives NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant

Tobacco Farm Life Museum Receives $15,000 in NC CARES: Humanities Relief

Grant Funding

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum has received a $15,000 NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. This emergency grant funding was provided to North Carolina cultural organizations experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful to be one of 59 organizations the North Carolina Humanities Council selected for this funding,” said Melody Worthington, executive director of the museum.

The NC CARES Grant offers operational support to the museum in order to fund staff and maintain the operation of the museum’s gallery building so that the museum can continue to carry out its mission to preserve and present the history of the rural farming community.

“Our local history holds many lessons for persevering in the face of adversity, economic struggles, and hard times. Farmers of the past overcame droughts, depressions, ruined crops, and more. Preserving and sharing these stories continues to be important for connecting our community to its past and for serving as a source of inspiration during these hard times,” says Worthington.

The NC CARES grant funding will support staff efforts to adapt the museum’s usual in-person programming to virtual or socially distant programs as well as staff’s work on continued development of digital resources.

NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant funding was provided to the North Carolina Humanities Council by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in late March. The $2.2 trillion CARES package included $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, nearly $30 million, or a total of 40%, of which was sent to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils, including the North Carolina Humanities Council, to distribute to local cultural nonprofits and programming. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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