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National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Access Grants

Deadline: May 3, 2017

Humanities Access grants help support capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: children, family, and young adults (between the ages of 18-30).

Humanities Access grants provide funding for existing programs at institutions such as public libraries, local and regional museums, historical societies, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, archival repositories, and other cultural organizations. Programs supported by Humanities Access grants have included, for example:

  • A young readers’ initiative sponsored by a state humanities council
  • A “family conversations” program at a rural historical society connecting the area’s cultural and natural resources
  • Internships for students at a liberal arts college to work in local cultural organizations during the summer

Institutions may use federal Humanities Access grant funds to support one or more of their existing programs. Award recipients might use this fund to support ongoing humanities programmatic costs such as the following:

  • Salaries and benefits for humanities personnel
  • Acquisitions for collections
  • Public programming and outreach expenses
  • Lecture or exhibition series
  • Media or digitization costs
  • Faculty, teacher, and staff development
  • Research fellowships
  • Visiting researchers, scholars, or consultants
  • Programs for preserving and conserving collections
  • Strengthening the technological infrastructure for humanities projects

Amount: Grants of either $50,000 or $100,000 will be made, divided evenly over the first two years of the three year grant. Applicants must secure 1:1 match.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations; state and local governmental agencies; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. The proposed program must be a humanities program. Institutions that are part of a larger institution (for example, a university museum) should consult with National Endowment for the Humanities staff on questions of separate eligibility.

Link: https://www.neh.gov/grants/challenge/humanities-access-grants

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