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National Endowment for the Humanities: Media Projects – Production 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. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online.They may be intended for regional or national distribution.

Media Project production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public. Film, television, and radio projects that are disseminated only online are supported at the production stage but not at the development stage.

Amount: Awards typically range from $100,000 to $650,000 and last for one to three years. In rare circumstances, Chairman’s Special Awards of up to $1 million are available for projects that reach an exceptionally large audience.

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-production-grants

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