NEH CARES Act grant awarded to Historic New England

Jul 6, 2020

Thanks to the hard work of staff from across the organization, Historic New England received a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) CARES Act grant. We are one of 317 cultural institutions across the country to receive an award and one of only thirty-five to receive awards for $290,000 and above. The funds will be used to create virtual visitor experiences for six sites.

Engaging visitors

“This project will significantly advance our commitment to sharing our historic sites and resources,” said Historic New England President and CEO Vin Cipolla. “This is one way we can use digital technology to be there for our communities.”

Next steps

Thanks to the NEH CARES Act grant we expand both the scale and scope of our visitor outreach. Historic New England will use this grant to create virtual tours and enhanced websites for six historic places, one in each New England state. We will focus on New England stories and add new 360-degree interior photography to provide access to spaces not on public view such as attics, outbuildings, and other rooms. The project will focus on five historic properties and one stand-alone program.


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The grant is part of the NEH CARES Act economic stabilization program. These grants support essential operations at more than three hundred cultural institutions across the country. The NEH was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency. It supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the NEH and its grant programs is available at neh.gov.