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Rancho Los Alamitos receives grant award from California Humanities

The Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation (RLAF) is pleased to announce its award of a California Humanities Relief Grant. Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This grant provides short-term general operating support to California humanities-based organizations and will help Rancho Los Alamitos (RLA) respond to immediate community needs while mitigating pandemic-related revenue deficits. Grants and donations of unrestricted funds such as this one give nonprofits the flexibility to respond creatively to the unexpected challenges of the pandemic.

The pandemic forced Rancho staff to cancel fundraising events and earned income programs, close the gift shop, and suspend its membership program. But public demand for outdoor spaces was higher than ever, so Rancho Los Alamitos remained open to the public (to the degree that was allowed) with no charge for admission. Rancho personnel quickly learned new technologies, retrained docents, created a smartphone tour, created virtual tours, and more to support the visiting public.

The grant will help safeguard the RLA “living collections,” including livestock and four acres of historic gardens. Many of the plants and trees are heritage specimens that are more than 100 years old. The sixteen gardens are an integral part of the Rancho’s cultural offerings and offer respite to today’s visitors. The historic gardens are valuable avenues for exploring humans’ complex relationships with the land over time. Their preservation is essential.

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation, and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more, visit calhum.org, or follow California Humanities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This article was released by Rancho Los Alamitos.