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National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Projects for the Public

Deadline: June 7, 2017

Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that cogently interpret and analyze humanities content in formats that will attract broad public audiences.

Digital platforms — such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments — can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, requests should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.

All Digital Projects for the Public projects should:

  • Present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities stories and ideas
  • Incorporate sound humanities scholarship
  • Involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production
  • Include appropriate digital media professionals
  • Reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution
  • Create appealing digital formats for the general public
  • Demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves

All projects should also demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, nonspecialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions. Applicants may also choose to identify particular communities and groups, including students, to whom a project may have particular appeal.

Amount: Grant amounts vary by project type:

  • Discovery grants: Up to $30,000
  • Prototype grants: Up to $100,000
  • Production grants: Up to $400,000

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; state and local governmental agencies; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Link: https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/digital-projects-the-public

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