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Acknowledgment and Publicity Requirements for NEH Awards

The National Endowment for the Humanities requires public acknowledgment of the projects it supports, as outlined in the terms and conditions of your award.  Unless advised to the contrary, an acknowledgment of NEH support and the policy statement must appear on all materials publicizing or resulting from award activities.  The NEH logo and credit line should also be used in acknowledging NEH support whenever possible.  

An acknowledgment must be contained in any materials resulting from or related to the NEH award, such as articles, books, films, radio programs, databases, reports, Web resources, as well as exhibits, events, and publicity related to the award. The prominence of the acknowledgment should be in direct relationship to the level of NEH funding provided for the project relative to any other sources of funding. Where possible, NEH support should be mentioned in newspaper articles, radio interviews, and other media activities to extend the effects of your project. If you have any questions regarding the forms of acknowledgment for your project, please contact the NEH program officer named in the award document.

See "Sample Credit Lines" below for a special requirement associated with grant products and activities in calendar year 2015.

Logo

The logo can be downloaded electronically from the NEH website at http://www.neh.gov/brand-materials/. Please note that NEH released a new logo in 2010. The former NEH seal should no longer be used.

Policy Statement

The acknowledgment of NEH support must also include the following statement: “Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this {article, book, exhibition, film, program, database, report, Web resource}, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.” The statement does not need to be in the same size font as that of the NEH logo and tag line, nor must it be located immediately adjacent to the logo.  The policy statement requirement will be waived in instances when it is not feasible or appropriate to include it, such as on acknowledgment plaques for buildings or objects.

Sample Credit Lines

For projects whose products, programs, and/or activities will occur in calendar year 2015:

The National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

The {title of project} has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

This {database, Web resource, etc.} has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

For projects whose products, programs, and/or activities will occur in any other calendar year:

The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

The National Endowment for the Humanities and {funded institution} together: Exploring the human endeavor

The {title of project} has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

This {database, Web resource, etc.} has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

State Humanities Council Notification

State humanities council must be notified of the award. Each council must also be notified of screenings and other public events in their state. Here is a list of state humanities councils: http://www.neh.gov/about/state-humanities-councils

Printed Materials

Printed acknowledgments and publicity materials are expected to carry the NEH logo. The type in the logo must be legible and no smaller than 5 points. If the logo is not appropriate for the design, the full Endowment name (no abbreviations) may be substituted in an appropriate type size. For large posters, etc., the point size should be correspondingly larger.

Films and Videos

An acknowledgment of support must be contained at the beginning and end of each funded program and in all non-broadcast materials related to the project, including any elements of production re-purposed for distribution as digital media.  The NEH credit for film and television programs must be at least ten seconds long.  A film credit clip is available from the Division of Public Programs for use in acknowledging Endowment support.  NEH is to be acknowledged in videos funded as part of an exhibition or other public programs, as well as in films broadcast on television.  If the filmmaker intends to vary the design of the credits, NEH must approve the new format that is created.  Please contact your NEH program officer to work with you on the credit as the film approaches production.

Audio and Radio Materials

An acknowledgment of support must be contained at the beginning and end of each program and in all non-broadcast materials related to the project.  To assist you, an audio credit clip is available from the Division of Public Programs for use in acknowledging Endowment support.  The NEH should be credited for radio programs, as well as for recorded audio tours of exhibitions.  Please contact your NEH program officer to obtain a copy of the audio credit clip.

Exhibitions/Workshops

The acknowledgment of support, the NEH logo and the disclaimer language should appear on signage at the entrance to the exhibition or workshop, on brochures and catalogs, and on exhibition or workshop video materials and websites.  These requirements apply to the host site for the exhibition or workshop and to all participating venues. It is the grantee’s responsibility to convey this requirement to all venues as part of the contract.

Digital Projects

When possible, hyperlinks must be made between the project and the NEH website (www.neh.gov). All digital projects (including games and apps) released via a third party are also expected to include an acknowledgment of NEH support in the promotional description of the project (for example: in the ‘Description’ section of the Google Play or iTunes stores).

Additionally, all digital projects must incorporate the following NEH-specific keywords:

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH

Websites

Hyperlinks must be made between the project’s website and that of the NEH (www.neh.gov).

Public Events

At programs or public gatherings related to the project, the Endowment must be acknowledged orally as sponsor. Signage at the event must acknowledge Endowment support. Please let your program officer know the schedule of all opening events at least three months in advance, so that if possible, a member of the Chairman's or division's staff can attend.

Promotion and Advertising

The design for all print, promotion, and advertising related to the project is your responsibility as the award recipient, and when required by the terms and conditions of the award, must be submitted to your program officer for approval prior to implementation.  All promotion must include the acknowledgment of NEH support, the policy statement and the NEH logo; the credit line should be used whenever possible. This includes publicity campaign materials, publications, advertisements, press kits, press releases, wall panels, educational programs, special events, and receptions. While press releases do not need to be submitted for approval beforehand, please keep your program officer informed via email and the Products and Coverage tab in eGMS about press releases and press coverage.

Press Events

At press conferences, the Endowment must be acknowledged orally as a sponsor. Endowment support must be acknowledged on all press kits, preferably on the cover, and in all press releases.  Click here for a fact sheet on NEH for use in press kits.

Print and Electronic Use

Excerpts from NEH-funded exhibition catalogs, small sections of audio and/or film clips (such as trailers), and screenshots taken from websites, games or apps must be made available to the Endowment for use in its publications and on the NEH websites.

See also:

Publicizing Your Project, including Media Tips and Suggestions

Rules for Use of NEH Logo

NEH Logo