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National Endowment for the Humanities: Media Projects – Production Grants

Deadline: January 9, 2019

The Media Projects program supports documentary film, television, radio, and podcast 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. Funded projects must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

Media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education are encourages, as are media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. 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. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video. 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.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats. 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. Applicants must have clear central ideas and a solid command of the major humanities scholarship on their subject, and they must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to work out the intellectual issues that the program will explore. The scholars must represent major fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches.

Media Projects – Production Grants may be used for:

  • Meeting with scholars
  • Script refinement
  • Production and distribution of films, television programs, radio programs, and podcasts
  • Related resources that help students and teachers explore the humanities content and themes central to the project
  • Outreach activities and public engagement

Amount: Production awards of up to $650,000 will support the production and distribution of films, television programs, radio programs, or podcasts that promise to engage a broad public audience.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, and institutions of higher education may apply. Eligible organizations are encouraged to partner with independent producers.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309936

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