Byline: Julia Duin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The National Endowment for the Humanities will be doling out $500,000 in grants to restore Iraq's cultural heritage, the federal agency announced yesterday.
Beginning Aug. 1, the agency will receive proposals for projects that can last for up to two years. Known as "Recovering Iraq's Past," the initiative is geared toward shoring up collections in Iraq's archives, libraries and museums. Projects may start as soon as Jan. 1.
NEH Chairman Bruce Cole said the initiative is a follow-up on President Bush's promise this spring to use American funds to help Iraqis rebuild their country.
"This NEH initiative offers the Iraqi people the skills and knowledge of America's premiere humanities institutions and scholars," he said. "Working together, they can restore and revitalize Iraq's rich history and establish a solid foundation for valuable humanities scholarship, education and public programming for generations to come."
The kinds of projects the NEH has in mind for Iraq include:
* The stabilization, conservation or preservation of cultural collections. …