Museum News

ACWM Receives NEH CARES Grant


RICHMOND – The American Civil War Museum has received a $286,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support essential operations.  As part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security), the NEH is awarding funds to support more than 300 cultural institutions across the country.

This highly competitive grant received more than 2,300 eligible applications. Approximately 14% of the applicants were funded. This grant ensures funding for Museum staff working to provide continued public history and interpretation work.

NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede said, “The NEH is pleased to provide $40 million to preserve thousands of jobs at museums, archives, historic sites, colleges and universities that are vital to our nation’s cultural life and economy.”

ACWM President and Interim CEO, Betsy Wollan expressed the Museum’s gratitude for the

grant. “This funding allows the Museum to continue serving our region and the nation as we work to understand the American Civil War and its legacies.  These are challenging times for non-profits, so we are especially grateful for his assistance from the NEH, and their recognition of the importance of our work.”

The American Civil War Museum is a non-profit history museum telling the stories of the

American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, free

and enslaved African Americans, soldiers and civilians. The Museum has two locations in

Richmond, Virginia, at Historic Tredegar and The White House of the Confederacy, and also

ACWM in Appomattox, Virginia. For more information visit American Civil War Museum
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