South Dakota Humanities organization awards $42,000 in COVID-19 relief to cultural organizations

BROOKINGS, S.D. —  The South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded $42,000 of COVID-19 relief funding to cultural organizations that are struggling to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following organizations were awarding portions of the $42,210 in funding:

  • South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City (Pennington County) received $10,000 to cover operating expenses and salaries.
  • Yankton County Historical Society in Yankton (Yankton County) received $9,710 for operating expenses, cleaning supplies and salaries.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society in De Smet (Kingsbury County) received $10,000 for alternative program production costs and salaries.
  • Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home in Yankton (Yankton County) received $6,000 for operating expenses and maintenance.
  • Timber Lake & Area Historical Society in Timber Lake (Dewey County) received $6,500 for operating expenses, maintenance and salaries.

The deadline for the first wave of funding of the South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Act Grant was June 30. The grant provides unrestricted operating support, humanities program support, or both to the qualifying organizations that were impacted by COVID-19. Numbers other applications are pending committee approval.

The SDHC may hold a second round of funding for the CARES Act Grant in the future, which offered up to $10,000 per organization in relief funding for maintaining essential functions and retaining core personnel.

For updates on a possible second round of funding, visit the South Dakota Humanities Council website here. More information can be found here.

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