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National Endowment for the Humanities: Media Projects – Development Grants

Deadline: August 29, 2018

The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. Supported projects must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

Film and television projects may be single films or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. Projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video are welcomed. Film and television projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civics education are also encouraged. Support is also provided for film and television projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

Radio and podcast projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. They may be intended for regional or national distribution.

Projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats are encouraged. Proposed projects might include supplementary components to a film, television, radio, or podcast project: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplementary educational websites, or museum exhibitions.

To be ready to apply for a development award, you must already have settled on a subject, an approach, and a project team. In particular, applicants should have:

  • Selected a humanities subject and assessed the major scholarship related to it
  • Reached out to scholars and experts who work in the relevant subject area(s) to assemble a group of humanities advisers
  • Consulted with the humanities advisers to clarify the interpretive ideas that the project will consider
  • Formed a media team to see the project through its development period
  • Considered how your content will appeal to public audiences and will convey what they should learn from the project
  • Chosen the project’s format(s)
  • Identified project resources (such as archival materials and potential interviewees)

Amount: Awards for development typically range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project, and are usually made for a period of six to twelve months.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status is eligible; state and local governmental agencies; and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

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

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