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Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York, NY 10036-5900)
Tim Bailey (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Pivoting to Fill the Gap in History Education through Digital Programming

Continued employment of eight staff members responsible for facilitating online summer seminars and digital programming for K-12 U.S. history educators.

As a result of COVID-19 and school closings, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has rushed to meet the urgent needs of educators, students, and parents across the country with free programming. K-12 history classes, in particular, have been eliminated or greatly pared back, and summer learning loss is expected to be enormous. The Institute has worked intensively to convert in-person programs into digital formats and develop new online programs for the public. We received positive feedback from thousands of participants, proving that we are filling a critical gap. We have made substantial adjustments despite known revenue shortfalls of $1M in FY20 and FY21. The Institute anticipates more shortfalls, up to 25% of our approximately $10M FY21 budget. Without additional funding, shortfalls would likely lead to program reductions, cancellations and layoffs. This grant would give us the critical funds for near-term work, including reimagining of key programs and staff retention.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Education Programs

$148,000 (approved)
$148,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020