Wisconsin Humanities: More than $367,000 in Recovery Funds Awarded to 47 Nonprofits

MADISON, WI, December 6, 2021 – Across Wisconsin, 47 nonprofit organizations including libraries, civic and cultural groups, and historical societies, were awarded Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants to help the state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic.  The awards represent the final round of grants made by Wisconsin Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. More than $422,000 in Recovery Grant funds were previously awarded to 52 organizations. 

“We received 123 applications demonstrating more than $1.7 million in need,” said Dena Wortzel, Executive Director of Wisconsin Humanities. “We weighed factors including need, location, strength of their public humanities work, the audience served, and how they would address the impacts of the pandemic.  For this final recovery grant round, we made special efforts to reach organizations that connect with underserved audiences.” 

Funds awarded will help organizations with everything from salary support and utility bills to strategic planning and cultural programming, and improving public access to communities’ history through digitization. “Clearly, a great deal of need remains for these cultural organizations,” says Wortzel. “We know our grants help them maintain their operations and find ways to bring educational and cultural programs back to their communities as we emerge from the pandemic.” None of the ARP funds were used to cover the cost of administering this special grant program. 

The following organizations were awarded grants in this final round: 

Organization Name Organization City County 
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Washburn Bayfield 
Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center Iron River Bayfield 
Mondovi Public Library Mondovi Buffalo 
Burnett County Historical Society Danbury Burnett  
Dane County Historical Society Madison Dane 
Black Earth Public Library Black Earth Dane 
Dane County Library Service Madison Dane 
UW-Madison – Center for the Humanities Madison Dane 
Egg Harbor Historical Society Egg Harbor Door 
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Eau Claire Eau Claire 
Forest County Historical Genealogical Society Crandon Forest 
UW-Platteville Platteville Grant 
Heritage Military Music Foundation Watertown Jefferson 
Vang Council of La Crosse, Inc. La Crosse La Crosse 
La Crosse Public Library La Crosse La Crosse 
Lafayette County Historical Society Darlington Lafayette 
T.B. Scott Free Library Merrill Lincoln 
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Marquette University Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Milwaukee County Historical Society Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Southside Organizing Committee Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Ex Fabula Milwaukee Milwaukee 
CAPITA Productions, Inc. Milwaukee Milwaukee 
UW-Milwaukee-Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Black Arts MKE, Inc. Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Art Start Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block, Inc. Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Bembe Drum and Dance Milwaukee Milwaukee 
Oconto County Historical Society, Inc. Oconto Oconto 
The Building for Kids, Inc. Appleton Outagamie 
Oneida Nation Oneida Outagamie 
Muehl Public Library Seymour Outagamie 
African Heritage, Inc Appleton Outagamie 
People of Progression INC Appleton Outagamie 
Osceola Historical Society Osceola Polk 
Philadelphia Community Farm, Inc. Osceola Polk  
Portage County Historical Society Stevens Point Portage 
Racine County Historical Society and Museum, Inc. Racine Racine 
Roy Chapman Andrews Society Beloit Rock 
Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc. Baraboo Sauk 
New Richmond Preservation Society New Richmond St. Croix 
Western Taylor County Public Library Gilman Taylor 
Rib Lake Public Library Rib Lake Taylor 
Whitehall Public Library Whitehall  Trempealeau 
Waupaca Area Public Library Waupaca Waupaca 
Patterson Memorial Library Wild Rose Waushara