Holmes Foundation awarded NEH Challenge Grant for McMorrough Library

Holmes Community College is proud to announce that the Holmes Community College Development Foundation, Inc. has been named as one of the 2020 grant recipients selected by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant on behalf of the McMorrough Library and Archives. The HCC Development Foundation sought the NEH matching grant to strengthen and aid the library in warranting excellent humanities provisions.

The NEH grant will provide the Development Foundation with $231,849, and the Development Foundation will be responsible for matching these funds through donations. The McMorrough Library and Archives Renovation Project is dedicated to the preservation of humanities and seeks to provide an inclusive environment, offering informative programs to cultivate critical-thinking citizens.

"We are very pleased to be awarded these funds," Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey said. "This is a premier grant that will allow us to modernize the lifeblood of our main campus, the library. A library should be the epitome of a welcoming place to expand one's knowledge such as the humanities. We have not had a significant renovation of the library in decades so we are elated that we can work hard and raise the matching funds to do a renovation that we can be proud of for generations to come."

As part of the proposed efforts to enrich and diversify the scope of humanities, the Development Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, has a five-year plan to renovate the 1975 structure's interior spaces and their contents. The new multidimensional spaces projected by the McMorrough Library and Archives Renovation Project will secure the practicality of activities set forth by the humanities departments as well as advance the library to become an innovative leader among Mississippi's fifteen community college libraries.

Individuals who utilize the McMorrough Library and Archives will benefit from this renovation, making the impact of this project vital to secure the long-term perpetuation of the humanities for not only the college but also its neighboring communities. The Development Foundation will host a kick off to launch a matching campaign for the grant in the near future. The date and time of the event will be released through the Development Foundation's webpage https://www.holmescc.edu/foundation and all Holmes social media accounts.

Tax exempt donations can be made to the Holmes Community College Development Foundation, P.O. Box 527, Goodman, MS 39079. Please contact the Foundation office at (662) 472-9017 to discuss giving opportunities for the matching grant.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.