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American History and Civics Education: National Convenings

Grant to a USA Nonprofit or IHE
to Evaluate Civics Education Practices

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

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08/12/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grant to a USA nonprofit or IHE to host two national conferences to explore the current state of civics, government, and American history education in K-12 schools. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The successful applicant will publish and disseminate the findings and best practices to the general public and the education community.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for a fifteen-month cooperative agreement of up to $650,000 to plan, develop, and implement a series of two national convenings that will focus on an assessment of the state of civics education and knowledge of American history and government in K-12 education and publish a report on the findings for voluntary use by the education community. Following publication of the report, the cooperator will organize a national forum in Washington, D.C. to disseminate the reports’ findings, which will serve as the launch event of a robust national dissemination strategy, including both traditional and digital media, to the education community and general public.

The goal of the project will be to highlight innovative evidence-based approaches, learning strategies, and professional development, with an emphasis on activities and programs that benefit low-income and underserved populations.

The convenings will bring together roughly 20-30 non-federal national leaders, researchers, and practitioners from educational institutions, and non-profit and for-profit organizations, and should serve as a forum to share ideas and solutions. They will also offer opportunities to analyze gaps in the field expressed by practitioners, experts, and scholars, and to facilitate a national conversation about literacy in American history and civics. Approximately 50 federal staff members will also attend the convenings. The national forum will include up to 300 attendees, including the national convening participants.

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Up to $650,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. The first convening must be held no later than February 14, 2020. The second convening must be held no later than March 31, 2020.

The report for voluntary use by the education community must be published no later than August 31, 2020. The national forum must be held in Washington, D.C. no later than September 15, 2020.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education and U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status with demonstrated expertise in the development of evidence-based approaches with the potential to improve the quality of American history, civics and government, or geography teaching and learning.

Eligible organizations must have proven subject matter expertise in American history, civics, and government and experience in coordinating national convenings.

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

Individuals may not simultaneously hold a NEH award for individuals and serve as a project director in this program.

NEH funds may not be used for:
- Preparation of courses for high school students, undergraduates, or graduate students commercial, for-profit, or proprietary textbook research or revision
- Doctoral dissertations, theses, or research pertaining to a graduate degree program
- 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 the humanities such as the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies

Pre-Application Information:

- Before August 12, 2019: Contact Division of Education Programs program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
- July 12, 2019: Applicants that have not registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and should begin the process by this date
- July 26, 2019: Applicants that have registered in SAM and should verify their registrations by this date
- August 12, 2019: Applications must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on this date
- August 2019: Peer review panels take place
- August 2019: Review by the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
- September 2019: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- September 2019: The institutional grants administrator and project director of successful application receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management
- October 1, 2019: The recipient must begin work on their project on this date

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 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, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

The initial SAM registration can take up to six weeks. The initial registration process can take up to two weeks.

Alert: CAGE is currently experiencing a high volume of registrations, and is processing them in the order in which they are received. NEH encourages applicants registering with to allow additional time for processing.

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Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506


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