Science History Institute Receives COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Grant

Emergency relief fund helps cultural organizations whose operations have been affected by the pandemic.

The Science History Institute has been chosen as a recipient for an emergency relief grant for midsized cultural organizations provided by the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL fund. This fund was created in April 2020 by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA), and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF). The COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL fund supports individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and midsized organizations (annual budgets of $250,000 to $15 million) whose operations, work, and livelihood have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are extremely grateful to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund for spearheading this initiative,” said David Cole, president and CEO of the Institute. “Thank you to the William Penn Foundation, Barra Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and Connelly Foundation, and to the many other foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individual donors who came together to support artists and the arts and cultural community affected by the pandemic.”

While the Institute’s building has been closed to the public since Philadelphia shut all nonessential businesses on March 16, 2020, many of our programs have been moved online, with additional virtual events and content added to the website. Researchers can contact our Othmer Library at to arrange document delivery or a virtual reference meeting. Our conference center will be available for event rentals beginning on August 3. The Institute plans to reopen its museum in the fall.