2019 Groove City Culture Fest performers

Performers at the 2nd Groove City Culture Fest in Cambridge on Saturday, Aug. 17, engage a packed crowd on one of the event’s main stages.

BALTIMORE — Maryland Humanities announced a total of $910,000 in funding for 91 Maryland nonprofit organizations ($10,000 per organization) through its Sustaining Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) Recovery Grants Fund. Recipients of the general operating grants include museums, historic sites, preservation and historical societies, and community and cultural organizations.

The grants were given to 19 Maryland counties, as well as Baltimore City. Combined with the 2020 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund, Maryland Humanities has now awarded $1.425 million in COVID-19 relief funding to organizations in every Maryland county and Baltimore City.

In Dorchester County, Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation, Dorchester County Historical Society, Groove City Black Heritage and Culture Group Inc. and Richardson Maritime Museum Inc. all received grants.

The SHARP Recovery Grants Fund’s goal is to ensure that organizations can continue to provide opportunities for Maryland’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage and civic learning. All SHARP recipients in Maryland have an annual budget of $300,000 or less, and have been adversely impacted by the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

These grants are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated by the U.S. Congress.

Keith Stone, vice chair of the Board of Directors and Grants Committee chair at Maryland Humanities, said, “We’re thrilled to help ensure access to public humanities programming for all Marylanders through 91 grants to wonderful organizations across the state thanks to the generous support of the SHARP Act.”

“Maryland Humanities is proud to provide this next round support for organizations across the state of Maryland. Their work brings the humanities across our state,” said Lindsey Baker, executive director at Maryland Humanities. “Thank you to our elected officials in Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities for entrusting us with this significant responsibility and opportunity to be a leader for the field.”

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities received an additional $135 million in supplemental funding to distribute as emergency relief to support economic recovery for cultural institutions adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Through this effort, Maryland Humanities was allocated $910,000 to distribute to non-profit organizations that provide opportunities for Maryland’s communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this continued unprecedented time.

After receiving and reviewing over 140 applications, Maryland Humanities awarded $10,000 grants to 91 organizations across the state of Maryland.

Below is a list of the organizations that were selected to receive general operating support grants through the SHARP Recovery Fund. This effort was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as legislated in the American Rescue Plan of 2021 enacted by the U.S. Congress.

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