National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Public Programs
08/14/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs for a range of humanities projects serving the general public. Funding is intended for in-person programs and projects that explore humanities disciplines, including literature, history, ethics, and art history. This program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions, Interpretive Programs at Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions related to the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding. The program includes two funding levels: Planning and Implementation. Applicants with ambitious permanent or traveling Exhibitions Implementation projects of exceptional significance and impact may apply for a Chairman’s Special Award.
- Exhibitions: This category supports the creation of permanent exhibitions (on view for at least three years) and single-site temporary exhibitions (open to the public for a minimum of two months), as well as travelling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).
- Historic Places: This category supports long-term interpretive programs for historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions that are intended to be presented to the public for at least three years. Such programs might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.
- Humanities Discussions: The Humanities Discussions category supports series of at least six in-person public programs focused on/related to the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding, and engaging audiences with humanities resources such as historic artifacts, artworks, or documents. These programs should reach a diverse public audience and should be anchored in perspectives presented by humanities experts as speakers, panelists, or discussion leaders, providing context and analysis of program themes. Projects may include, but are not limited to, symposiums, lecture series, reading and discussion programs, analytical discussions of museum collections or theater/musical performances, lifelong learning programs, or other methods of face-to-face audience engagement or informal education. The proposed series should occur over a period of three-months to two years.
In addition, NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service. For additional information, see: http://www.neh.gov/grants/standing-together
Planning awards support activities such as:
- Refining the content, format, and interpretive approach of a humanities project
- Developing the project’s preliminary design
- Testing project components
- Conducting an evaluation of the project’s likely impact
Implementation grants supports projects which are in the final stages of preparation to “go live” before the public. Activities may include final scholarly research and consultation, design, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.
Positions in Public Humanities are intended to invigorate the interpretation of the humanities in a wide variety of cultural organizations. To that end, organizations applying for an Implementation award, are invited to request additional funds for a position in public humanities. Planning applicants are not eligible to apply.
For a list of support activities, see:
For details on NEH areas of interest,see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/pp-public-humanities-projects-nofo-062519.pdf#page=10
GrantWatch ID#: 177745
Expected Number of Awards: 16; NEH typically awards no more than one Chairman’s Special Award per year.
Planning: Planning awards are typically up to $40,000. Awards up to $75,000 are available for the planning of exceptionally ambitious and complex permanent or traveling exhibitions with the potential to reach very wide audiences.
Implementation: Implementation awards range from $50,000 to $400,000. The maximum Implementation award for a temporary single-site exhibition is $100,000. The maximum Implementation award for permanent exhibitions and historic site/district interpretations is $400,000.
The maximum award for Humanities Discussions is $250,000.
If you are applying for the Implementation funding level, you may request an additional $60,000 to create a two-year staff position (or $30,000 for a one-year period of performance, and a one-year staff position) within your institution to work on the proposed project. This increases the maximum total request by $30,000 for a one-year period of performance and $60,000 for a two-year position during a two- to three-year period of performance. Applicants that wish to increase annual compensation above $30,000 for these positions must use their own funds to do so.
Applicants with ambitious permanent or traveling Exhibitions Implementation projects of exceptional significance and impact may apply for a Chairman’s Special Award of up to $1 million
Funding is for projects beginning June 1, 2020.
Planning Grants have a performance period of twelve months.
Implementation Grants have a period of performance from 12 to 36 months.
Implementation awards for permanent exhibitions and historic site/district interpretations are for projects that must be on view for at least three years.
Humanities Discussion series should occur over a period of three months to two years, and must include at least six public programs during a period of performance from 12 to 36 months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html
Send a draft proposal to: email@example.com
Division of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
Division of Public Programs Team
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