Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) always seeks to connect the field to the resources available. Please reach out to TCA staff if you or your organization sustained major impact from this storm. Please email Mary with that information. We hope everyone is safe and warm.

STATE ASSISTANCE

Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and educational institutions that suffered losses or damages to humanities collections as a result of the February 2021 winter storm, or incurred costs related to resuming humanities programming that was postponed or cancelled as a result of the storm, to apply for fast-track Recovery Grants.
For more information:  https://www.humanitiestexas.org/recoverygrants
Deadline: April 30, 2021

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

FEMA requested we share this information.  On February 19, 2021, President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the State of Texas to provide:

  • Individual Assistance to disaster survivors in 77 counties. This assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
  • Public Assistance to eligible private nonprofits in all 254 counties to help these organizations recover from the effects of this storm.

For cultural institutions that have suffered damage, such as burst pipes:

  • Any impacted nonprofit hoping to receive federal emergency funding will be required to apply first to the Small Business Association for a loan. 
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management is coordinating the state response to this disaster and holds regular briefings
    Contact the cultural heritage emergency network TX-CERA (Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance) for assistance: tx.cera@gmail.com or 669.237.2243; OR
  • Call the National Heritage Responders hotline, 202.661.8068. NHR will connect with TX-CERA.
    • National Heritage Responders have developed brief Tip Sheets to help collecting institutions respond to and recover from events.

Fact sheets for members of the public whose family treasures have been affected by burst pipes: