National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Public Programs
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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and institutions of higher education for humanities programs that serve the general public. Funding is intended to support in-person projects that explore humanities themes in disciplines such as literature, history, ethics, and art history. Funded projects may be in the categories of Historic Places, Exhibitions, or Humanities Discussions.
The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes.
The program supports projects in three categories:
The Public Humanities Projects program includes two funding levels: Planning and Implementation.
Planning awards support activities such as:
For more details, including funding available for exceptionally ambitious and complex exhibitions, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Public-Humanities-Projects-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=7.
Implementation grants support 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. Additional opportunities for Implementation applicants:
For examples of eligible activities, see:
To be competitive for funding, locally focused projects should address topics that are of regional or national relevance by drawing connections to broad themes or historical questions.
For details on NEH areas of interest, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Public-Humanities-Projects-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=9.
In addition, NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.
GrantWatch ID#: 177745
Estimated Number and Type of Award(s): 16 grants; 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 Implementation funding level in Exhibitions and Historic Places, you may request an additional $100,000 to create a two-year staff full-time position (or $50,000 for a one-year period of performance, and a one-year full-time staff position) within your institution to work on the proposed project. This increases the maximum total request by $50,000 for a one-year period of performance and $100,000 for a two- year position during a two-to-four-year period of performance.
The Chairman’s Special Award is for up to $1 million.
This funding opportunity is for projects beginning September 1, 2020.
The period of performance for Planning proposals is up to 24 months. The period of performance for Implementation proposals is up to 48 months.
Implementation awards for permanent exhibitions and Historic Places projects must be on view for at least three years. Single-site temporary exhibitions must be open to the public for a minimum of two months.
Humanities Discussion series should occur over a period of three months to two years and must include at least six in-person public programs during the period of performance.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grants.gov Application Portal: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=322264&origin=vgo-apply
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Division of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
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Washington, DC 20506
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