WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a total of $479,915 in grants to three organizations in his Philadelphia-area district. The Free Library of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, and Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts will each receive at least one grant to support humanities work and preservation throughout their institutions.
The Free Library was awarded $3,715 for a preservation assistance grant, and its foundation arm was awarded a matching challenge grant in the amount of $280,000. The University of Pennsylvania will receive three separate grants of $50,400 each to support fellowships for teachers in various disciplines. Additionally, the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts was awarded a $45,000 grant to sustain preservation education and training through a fellowship program.
"It is an honor to announce these grant awards to some of the finest cultural institutions in our city," Congressman Fattah said. "Philadelphia is a city rich with history. These grants will help unlock enormous learning and enrichment opportunities that will benefit both students and the general public by supporting highly unique areas of study, preserving access to important cultural collections, and helping sustain the endowment of the Free Library."
"NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America's humanities ideas available to all Americans," said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. "We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans."
This year the NEH is celebrating its 50th anniversary; created in 1965 during Lyndon Johnson's Administration as an independent federal agency, NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah