The MonDak Historical & Arts Society has received $5,000 through Humanities Montana’s CARES grant program. This rapid-response funding provides general operating support to cultural organizations in the state that have been affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.
This funding will support current operations at the MonDak Heritage Center during these uncertain times. MDHC was closed to visitors for six weeks and while the center is now open for visits, all classes and youth programming was cancelled and nearly all remain cancelled. That translates to very little income while day to day operating expenditures such as utilities continued. This grant will enable MDHC to pay some of those expenses.
The funds are part of the CARES Act passed by Congress in March. The $2-trillion aid package included $75-million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, approximately $30-million of which was sent to 56 state and territorial humanities councils to redistribute to humanities nonprofit organizations in need.
The state humanities councils were chosen to distribute these funds because of their well-established relationships with museums, historical societies, libraries, and cultural institutions that are the cornerstones of some of the most vulnerable and hardest to reach communities.
Humanities Montana is the state’s humanities council.
Its mission is to serve communities through stories and conversation.