ATLANTA — On August 8, 2018, the HBCU Library Alliance was awarded a $365,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The grant will fund the alliance’s project, Building Capacity for Humanities Special Collections at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A partnership with the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, this project will create the delivery of collections care services and training opportunities for members of the HBCU Library Alliance, in order to strengthen stewardship of special collections documenting the African American experience.
“We are so overjoyed to have received this grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said Executive Director Sandra Phoenix. “To have our work validated on this level means so much to the HBCU Library Alliance.”
“This grant will strengthen our indispensable role of serving as the gatekeepers of history, culture and the African American experience. We look forward to continuing the work that benefits and tells the stories of HBCUs,” Board Chair Monika Rhue said.
Seven Georgia projects received funding of more than $1.5 million. The HBCU Library Alliance received the second-highest award given to a Georgia entity in this funding round—following the Georgia Historical Society, which received $500,000.
The HBCU Library Alliance’s grant was awarded through NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program. According to NEH’s website, the program “seeks to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities in the United States through matching grants to libraries, museums, archives, colleges and universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions for efforts that build institutional capacity or infrastructure for long-term sustainability.”
A total of $43.1 million was awarded to 218 humanities projects nationwide to support the preservation of historic collections, humanities research, cultural infrastructure, exhibitions, documentaries and education programs for teachers.