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National Endowment for the Humanities: Media Projects – Development Grants

Deadline: January 14, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. Projects supported demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. Projects tailored to particular groups are welcome, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience.

Media Project grants support the following formats:

  • Film and television projects, which may include programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects ranging in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.
  • Radio projects, which may include single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. They may be intended for regional or national distribution.

Media Project development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.

Amount: Awards typically range from $40,000 to $75,000 and are usually made for a period of 6-12 months.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants

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