Emergency relief grants awarded to cultural organizations

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – Today, state Rep. Brian Sims announced that two grants were awarded to cultural organizations in his legislative district to help them continue to provide important services and programs.

Of the funding – part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act administered by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council – $7,500 will go to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and $5,000 to Global Philadelphia Association.

“Despite unprecedented hardship the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on all of us, it has especially been felt by the cultural infrastructure of our commonwealth. Organizations providing some of the most creative and innovative programs to our community find themselves in dire need of assistance to survive,” Sims said. “This funding will help our cultural organizations sustain their programs when they are needed the most.”

Sims encouraged his constituents to continue to practice the most essential safety precautions, including wearing a mask in public, avoiding in-person gatherings of people, and following a healthy personal hygiene regiment to avoid unnecessary risk of contracting COVID-19.