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Short Documentaries

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for
Short Humanities-Themed Documentary Films

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Public Programs

Deadline Date:

01/08/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, local, state, and tribal government agencies, and IHEs to produce and distribute short humanities-themed documentary films and film series. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Projects that provide free access to the public, as well as those addressing themes related to the Nation's 250th Anniversary, are given priority.

The Short Documentaries program supports the production and distribution of documentary films up to 30 minutes that engage audiences with humanities ideas in appealing ways. The program aims to extend the humanities to new audiences through the medium of short documentary films. Films must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. The Short Documentaries program supports the production of single films or series of thematically-related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs should be intended for regional or national distribution, via broadcast, festivals, and/or online distribution. The subject of the film(s) must be related to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.

Applications must present clear central ideas in the humanities and must demonstrate a solid command of the humanities scholarship on their subject. Applicants must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to develop the intellectual ideas that the program will explore. The scholars must represent fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical.

All proposed projects must:

  • Relate to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.
  • Employ appealing formats that will engage the general public in learning
  • Build on sound humanities scholarship
  • Deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions
  • Approach a subject analytically, presenting a variety of perspectives
  • Involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production
  • Involve appropriate media professionals

Short Documentaries awards may support activities such as:

  • Meeting with scholars
  • Script refinement
  • Shooting and editing of short films
  • Creation or enhancement of resources, including websites or other digital components, related to the proposed short film(s) distribution, outreach activities and public engagement related to the proposed short film(s)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186318

Number of Grants:

9

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $60,000 for a single film
Up to $250,000 for a series of films

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is six to twenty-four months with a project start date of October 1, 2020.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments are eligible to apply. Eligible organizations include accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education.

Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

NEH generally does not issue awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using NEH funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Short Documentaries awards may not support:
- Projects unrelated to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary”
- Fictional films, including dramatic adaptations of literary works
- Projects that will satisfy requirements for educational degrees or formal professional training
- Projects intended primarily for students in formal learning environments (though projects may include components that can be used in classrooms)
- General operations, renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, or construction of station or production facilities
- Creation, preservation or cataloging of archival materials and collections, including the creation of online archives and oral history archives
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Lobbying
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities; the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically-based social science research or policy studies

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available October 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Optional Draft due November 29, 2019
- Application due January 8, 2020
- Expected notification date August 1, 2020
- Project start date October 1, 2020

To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with Grants.gov. If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or Grants.gov, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

While staff comments are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, previous applicants have found them helpful.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322038
“A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.: https://www.neh.gov/250
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?node=2:1.1.2.2.1
General Terms and Conditions for Awards to Organizations: https://www.neh.gov/grants/manage/general-terms-and-conditions-awards-organizations-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-issued-december

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Division of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8269
publicpgms@neh.gov

If you choose to submit a draft proposal, send it as a Word attachment to publicpgms@neh.gov.

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399

CFDA Number:

45.164

Funding or Pin Number:

20200108-TT

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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