National Endowment for the Humanities: Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations – Implementation Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs supports projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Many different formats are supported, including permanent and traveling exhibitions, book or film discussion programs, historic site or district interpretations, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs in public venues. 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 (rather than celebratory). Projects must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience.
Grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. NEH encourages projects that explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Proposed projects might include complementary components that deepen an audience’s understanding of a subject: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs.
Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public. Implementation grants may be used for final consultation with scholars or other advisers; final exhibition design and fabrication, as well as crating and shipping; completion of interactive program components; publication costs for complementary materials, including catalogs and curriculum guides; publicity expenses; staff training specifically for the project’s interpretive programs; development of curriculum guides and other materials for teachers and students; presentation and distribution of public programs and related materials; and audience evaluation.
Amount: Awards for implementation are typically made for up to $400,000. In the case of projects requesting support for a public humanities position, awards will be made for up to $460,000. Awards of up to $1,000,000 are available for Chairman’s Special Award projects that have unusual significance and promise to reach exceptionally wide audiences.
Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization with IRS tax-exempt status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public, school, academic, and research libraries; museums; disciplinary and professional associations; cultural institutions; state humanities councils; and institutions of higher learning.
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