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National Endowment for the Humanities: Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations – Planning Grants

Deadline: January 14, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of 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. They must also demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience.

Planning grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues.

Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation. Planning grants may be used for meetings with scholars and other content advisers, program partners, and audience representatives; preliminary audience evaluation; travel to archives, collections, sites, or other resources; drafting of text for program or discussion guides, exhibition labels, brochures, digital assets, publications, or other interpretive materials; preliminary design for any of the interpretive formats to be used; planning for public programs and publicity materials; planning for training for docents, discussion coordinators, or other relevant interpretive leaders for the project; and development of curriculum guides and other materials for teachers and students.

Amount: Awards for planning typically range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with IRS tax exempt status, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribes.

Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/museums-libraries-and-cultural-organizations-planning-grants

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