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University Press of Mississippi to receive CARES Act economic stabilization grant

The University Press of Mississippi (UPM) has been selected as one of ten university presses in the country to receive a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Grant. These grants will support academic publishing efforts during the pandemic.

Last month, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced over $40 million in CARES grants, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Of this money, $1 million dollars will be awarded to university presses. The NEH states, “these grants will support the editing and publication of new books and journals on humanities topics, facilitate scholarly communication, and enable the digitization of scholarly ebooks to make humanities research widely accessible.” 

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, UPM was founded in 1970 and represents Mississippi's eight state universities. UPM is the only not-for-profit book publisher in the state of Mississippi and publishes scholarly 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.

The money awarded to UPM from the CARES Act grant will go toward paying salary expenses and retaining staff, allowing the press to invest its limited funds in the publication of new books. “It is an honor to be one of just ten university presses receiving this grant” said UPM director Craig Gill. “This is a competitive grant with only 14% of applicants receiving funds, so this is a testament to the quality and importance of the work the press is doing.”

The other grant recipients are Baylor University Press, Cornell University Press, Gallaudet University Press, Louisiana State University Press, Ohio State University Press, University of Arizona Press, University of Houston/Arte Público Press, University of North Carolina Press, and the University of Notre Dame Press.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. For the official CARES Act Grants announcement please visit:

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