The Partial Government Shutdown And The Humanities Sector

January 22, 2019

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s programs and grants bring Pennsylvanians together to build avenues for civic involvement and community development, and for youth and adult learners to strengthen skills for school, work, and personal improvement. Our operations are funded through core support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional program funding from generous individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.

Because of the partial government shutdown, the National Endowment for the Humanities is currently closed, along with many other federal agencies. This means that we cannot draw on our general operating funds, as we typically do each month.

As the shutdown continues, we have been forced to delay some of our grant payments. We have notified all who are affected by this delay, and we have assured them that funds will be released as soon as possible after the National Endowment for the Humanities re-opens.

We thank all of our program partners and participants for your patience and your perseverance as we work through this unexpected challenge. We are also deeply grateful to the individuals, foundations, corporations, and agencies whose generosity sustains us during this period. 

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