Federal shutdown ends funding for V.I. Humanities Council
Published: October 4, 2013
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As the federal government shutdown continues, so too will the wait for money by a handful of local programs funded by the V.I. Humanities Council.
The council announced Thursday that it cannot dip into its pockets while the shutdown continues, as it is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts is closed until the shutdown ends, according to its website, which was not active on Thursday.
The V.I. Humanities Council is awaiting about $45,000 that is to be divvied up between about five local programs.
Some of the programs are using the money to be reimbursed for expenditures already put into place, and others are using the money to fund expenditures that they cannot yet move forward on.
"We try to work with them as best we can, but a lot of them have expressed understanding," said Jacqueline Dennis, chairwoman of the council's board.
The council's purpose is to fund projects around the territory that encourage cultural enrichment.
The council has a 12-member board, which is made up only of volunteers, and employs one full time, one part time and one contracted employee.
All three employees currently are being furloughed until the shutdown ends.
"My biggest concern is my staff and their financial obligations," Dennis said.
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