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National Endowment for the Humanities: Public Humanities Projects

Deadline: January 8, 2020

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

This program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions related to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary:

  • Exhibitions: This category supports the creation of permanent exhibitions (on view for at least three years) and single-site temporary exhibitions (open to the public for a minimum of two months), as well as traveling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).
  • Historic Places: This category supports long-term interpretive programs for historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions that are intended to be presented to the public for at least three years. Such programs might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.
  • Humanities Discussions: This category supports series of at least six in-person public programs related to “A More Perfect Union.” These programs should engage diverse public audiences with humanities resources such as historic artifacts, artwork, or documents, and should be anchored in perspectives presented by humanities experts as speakers, panelists, or discussion leaders, providing context and analysis of program themes. Projects may include, but are not limited to, symposiums, lecture series, reading and discussion programs, analytical discussions of museum collections or theater/musical performances, lifelong learning programs, or other methods of face-to-face audience engagement or informal education. The proposed series should occur over a period of three months to two years.

Public Humanities Projects must:

  • Be grounded in sound humanities scholarship
  • Offer an analytical perspective on the themes and ideas that underlie it in order to deepen public understanding of the humanities
  • Involve humanities scholars who contribute to all phases of the project
  • Attract a broad public audience or target a particular group underserved by the humanities
  • Offer engaging content approached through an appropriate variety of perspectives
  • Encourage dialogue and the exchange of ideas

Public Humanities Projects awards may support activities such as:

  • Meetings with scholars and other content advisers, program partners, and audience representatives
  • Research into the topic
  • Travel to archives, collections, sites, or other resources
  • Development and production of program or discussion guides, exhibition labels, brochures, digital assets, publications, or other interpretive material
  • Design of any of the interpretive formats to be used
  • Planning and presentation of public programs and publicity materials
  • Evaluation of the project’s impact
  • Planning and conducting project-specific training for docents, discussion coordinators, or other interpretive leaders
  • Development and production of curriculum guides and other materials for teachers and students
  • Exhibition design and fabrication, as well as crating and shipping
  • Conservation treatments of objects, not exceeding 15 percent of the request to NEH
  • Development and construction of interactive program components
  • Publication costs for complementary materials, including catalogs and curriculum guides
  • Publicity expenses

Amount: Sixteen awards will be made in the following amounts:

  • Planning: Up to $75,000 for a period of performance of up to 24 months
  • Implementation: $50,000-$400,000 for a period of performance of 12-48 months
  • Chairman’s Special Awards: Up to $1,000,000

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, and accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322264

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