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LCMA Receives Bridge Grant

The Laurens County Museum Association gratefully received recently a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities in the amount of $2,250. Funding for the Bridge Grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

The SC Humanities Bridge Emergency Relief Grant provides operating support or humanities program support to nonprofit organizations or public institutions in SouthCarolina that have a humanities focus.

The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.

Carolyn Shortt, president of LCMA, said the organization will use the funds to offset ongoing expenses at the Laurens County Museum during this difficult economic time. “LCMA is primarily a volunteer organization and we receive most of our funding through donations, memberships, local government support and LCMA-sponsored fund raisers. Because of the Coronavirus crisis and other factors, LCMA has been unable to hold many any fund-raising events this spring and summer. We have expenses such as utilities and insurance payments that are continuing. LCMA is very grateful to South Carolina Humanities and to NEH for the Bridge Grant in the amount of $2250,” Mrs. Shortt said.

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