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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman John Katko (24th District of New York)

SYRACUSE, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced $57,000 in federal funds will be distributed to Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York (WCNY), Onondaga Historical Association, 1st Amendment-1st Vote, Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Syracuse University, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, CORA Foundation, Seward House Museum, Sodus Bay Historical Society, Everson Museum of Art, YMCA of Central New York, Fabius Historical Society, and Focusing Our Resources for Community Enlightenment (FORCE). The funds are available through the National Endowment for Humanities and the CARES Act.

In Congress, Rep. Katko has consistently advocated for robust funding for the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). During the pandemic, he supported passage of the CARES Act, which provided emergency funds to the NEH to maintain local programming virtually. Grants from the NEH are used to support humanities education and enrichment programs in museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations.

“In Congress, I’ve worked to robustly fund the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH). Today, I’m pleased to announce nearly $60,000 in funds from the NEH will be distributed to local organizations in support of humanities education and enrichment programs in Central New York,” said Rep. Katko.“As our nation becomes more interconnected with the world, expanding access to quality humanities programs will be critical to foster a globally competitive workforce. As I have since arriving in Congress, I’ll continue my work to ensure Central New York students have access to necessary educational resources and workforce development opportunities.”

The full list of grants can be found below:

Onondaga Historical Association, $10,000, HNY CARES Grant. This grant helps organizations during the pandemic retain staff, shift from in-person to virtual programming, and make resources available to those who depend on them for education and connection.

Everson Museum of Art, $7,500, HNY CARES Grant.

Seward House Museum, $5,000, HNY CARES Grant.

YMCA of Central New York, $5,000 HNY CARES Grant.

CORA Foundation, $2,500, HNY CARES Grant. 

Sodus Bay Historical Society, $2,500, HNY CARES Grant.

Cayuga Museum of History and Art, $2,500, HNY CARES Grant.

Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, $5,000, Action Grant.This award will be used to offer two free public programs focused on unsung female heroines who changed America in celebration of the 100th suffrage anniversary.

Onondaga Historical Association, $5,000, Action Grant. This award will be used to support a centennial celebration featuring exhibits and programs about Central New York’s contributions to the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and the artifacts of community organizing activities that led to the groundbreaking legislation of the 19th Amendment.

1st Amendment-1st Vote, $5,000, Action Grant. This award will be used to support a non-partisan seminar and conference opportunity for high school girls to imagine themselves engaged in the political process as leaders and candidates for elected office in adulthood.

Syracuse University, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, $5,000, Action Grant. This award will support a project that brings immigrant artists and historians together with resettled refugee youth fellows to reinterpret objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Focusing Our Resources for Community Enlightenment (FORCE), $1,500, Vision Grant. This award will support a research project dedicated to document the lives of Black people who live or have lived on the Southside of Syracuse, NY.

Fabius Historical Society, $500, Quick Grant. This award will enable performer Dave Ruch to create songs and stories to educate Central New Yorkers about the War of 1812. 

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