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Collections Emergency Relief Fund

The Collections Emergency Relief Fund was established to provide immediate support to smaller collections organizations in both Chicago and the Lowcountry, with immediate lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Museums and libraries with budgets up to $1 million and regionally focused collections as part of their missions were eligible to apply for unrestricted grants up to $10,000. Grants were awarded in May 2020 to the following organizations:


The Beaufort Museum
Bluffton Historical Preservation Society
C Williams Rush Museum of African-American Arts & Culture
Cecil Williams Museum And Institute For Social Innovation
College of Charleston Foundation – Lowcountry Digital Library
Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation
Edisto Historic Preservation Society Inc
Georgetown County Historical Society
Harbor Historical Association Of Georgetown
Heritage Library Foundation
Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage (Daniel O Morris South Carolina Low Country Heritage Trust)
Southeastern Museums Conference
Upper Dorchester County Historical Society


A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
Blue Island Historical Society
Bronzeville Black Chicagoan Historical Society
Chicago Collections Consortium
Chicago Cultural Alliance
Chicago Film Archives
Chinatown Museum Foundation
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
Edgar Miller Legacy
Fund for Innovative TV dba Media Burn Independent Video Archive
Haitian American Museum of Chicago
Historic Pullman Foundation
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of Gospel Music
South Side Community Art Center
The University of Chicago – Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Trickster Art Gallery

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