Seven organizations in the Berkshires are getting a chunk of money from Mass Humanities for their response to the coronavirus. That’s here in Berkshire County, but the non-profit has announced grants to 90 in total to organizations across Massachusetts to support the response and recovery of the cultural sector from the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus.  

According to a media release from Mass Humanities, those organizations here in Berkshire County that were awarded a portion of the grant money include the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, the Clinton Church Restoration in Great Barrington, Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock and Pittsfield, Chesterwood in Stockbridge, the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, the Ventfort Hall Association in Lenox, and the Friends of the Adams Free Library, in Adams.  

The “SHARP” grants, or Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grants, were made possible through funding provided to the National Endowment for the Humanities by the American Rescue Plan. They total nearly $1 Million.  

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The grant money will, among other things, save jobs... 

The SHARP grants are another significant step in the journey to sustain the humanities at the local level... As we continue to combat COVID-19, these funds will save jobs, build capacity, and allow organizations to develop new programs to serve their communities. ~ Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities 


Mass Humanities received requests for funding from more than 140 organizations throughout the state. The SHARP grants conclude a year in which Mass Humanities awarded more than $1.7 million to 240 organizations around the state.  

You can see the full list of grant recipients throughout Massachusetts HERE. 

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