Like so many of our peers, we at Indiana Humanities are responding in real time to the needs of our community during this unprecedented year. We know that Hoosiers, as well as the cultural institutions that help our communities thrive, need us to step up and support them even more in 2021. Here’s how.
We need your help to provide more grants to humanities organizations across the state. Although we were able to provide more than $500,000 in CARES Grants to nonprofit organizations, they will need even more support in the years ahead. When the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, humanities organizations throughout Indiana shut their doors, limited visitors and canceled fundraisers. As a result, they lost significant revenue—in April, 186 CARES Grant applicants anticipated a loss of $45 million by September. In 2021, we anticipate greater shortfalls for museums, libraries and other nonprofit organizations. We want to make sure they get the funding they need to deliver humanities programs.
We need your help to purchase more books for libraries and schools. Our Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grants delivered more than $130,000 in funds to 150 nonprofits with circulating book collections in 60 Indiana counties, but the need for new and diverse books, films and other resources will remain strong. Many applicants explained how their budgets for media specialists and the acquisition of new titles had been decimated, leaving their collections out of date and less reflective of the populations they serve. In 2021, we want to provide more grants like these to libraries and schools.
We need your help to engage Hoosiers in innovative programming and thought-provoking conversations. In the spring, our team quickly put together #INSlowMoments, which used the power of film, nature and literature to transport Hoosiers into slow moments of reflection, renewal, refuge and relaxation just as we were entering quarantine and feeling isolated and scared. Your donation can help us bring nimble and relevant activity, like a winter #INSlowMoments campaign, to life in 2021.
We need your help to tell more Indiana stories onscreen. Our Indiana stories deserve to be told, and local filmmakers are itching to unearth them. We launched the Joe & Carol Trimmer Indiana Film Fund last month with a goal to match a $50,000 contribution, and we’ve already raised more than $15,000. In 2021 and beyond, this fund will provide more grants and opportunities for Indiana filmmakers to discover and tell our stories.