Connecticut Humanities has awarded the Weston Historical Society a $2,500 CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant to aid the Society, which was forced to close and cancel fundraising events during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Society operates independently from town government and is sustained by generous donations from individuals, businesses, grants, and fundraising events.
CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants are intended to retain jobs and support humanities organizations as they endure economic hardships caused by modified, cancelled, or forced closure of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible non-profit humanities organizations. Grant amounts range from $2,500 to $20,000.
“The CARES grant will help the Weston Historical Society defray the ongoing cost of utilities and maintenance of our historic site during this challenging time,” said Samantha Kulish-Fargione, the Society’s executive director. “With no money from events and fundraisers this year, assistance to cover even a portion of our overhead is desperately needed during this unprecedented time in history.”
While buildings at the Weston Historical Society are temporarily closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Society is keeping history alive through online engagement via its social media platforms. This summer, the non-profit began offering an online series of free lectures by experts highlighting local and regional history. The Society is also collecting community stories relating to the pandemic to preserve this historic moment for future researchers.
Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community, and enrich lives. Funding for these grants has been 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 Weston Historical Society would like to thank its annual sponsors: Fairfield County Bank and KMS Partners at Compass. The Weston Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is located at the Coley Homestead at 104 Weston Road, Weston, CT 06883. For more information or to make a donation please contact the Society at email@example.com, 203-226-1804 or visit www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.