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University Press of Mississippi awarded a CARES grant

Jackson, MISS--The University Press of Mississippi (UPM) has been awarded one of the twenty-eight Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Emergency Grants given so far by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

The CARES Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the federal CARES Act, the Mississippi Humanities Council is offering emergency grants of up to $20,000 to qualifying humanities organizations. These grants are to help support Mississippi cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are very pleased to be able to direct these federal emergency funds to help the institutions that preserve and document Mississippi’s rich cultural heritage while enriching the quality of life in our communities,” said Dr. Stuart Rockoff executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council.

UPM was founded in 1970 and represents Mississippi's eight state universities. UPM publishes scholarly work and books that represent Mississippi and its culture to the nation and the world. From its offices in Jackson, the University Press of Mississippi acquires, edits, distributes, and promotes more than 85 new books every year. Over the years, the Press has published more than 2,000 titles and distributed more than 3,100,000 copies worldwide, each with the Mississippi imprint. UPM is the only not-for-profit book publisher in the state. The $20,000 given to UPM in CARES Emergency funds will help support the Press’s publishing efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

“As a nonprofit humanities publisher, these funds will help our organization continue its mission despite the financial hardship caused by the pandemic,” said Craig Gill, director of the Press.

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For more information about this news release, please contact Courtney McCreary, Publicity and Promotions Manager for University Press of Mississippi.