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NEH Awards $11.9 Million for 149 Humanities Projects

Nation-wide programs explore the events and ideas that define our history and culture

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2008)—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that 149 successful applicants will receive $11.9 million in awards and offers. This funding will support projects that provide high-quality public programming at museums and historic sites, improve humanities education and support educators' professional development, preserve and provide greater access to important cultural resources, and advance research in the humanities.

By offering diverse and competitive grant opportunities to a variety of scholars, K-12 and post-secondary educators, technology experts, and institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums, the NEH strives to promote excellence in the humanities and increase the nation's awareness of them.

“The mission of the Endowment is to bring the wisdom offered by the humanities to every American citizen,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. “By supporting high-quality humanities projects across the nation, the NEH helps inspire engaged and thoughtful citizens. These projects examine the ideas, events, and experiences that make us human.”

This award cycle, institutions and individuals in 35 states and the District of Columbia received support from the NEH. Projects undertaken by American scholars in five international cities also received support. A complete state-by-state listing of total grants and offers of matching funds is available in three Adobe PDF files, located in the box above.

The NEH grants announced today come from four of the Endowment's major program areas—public, education, research, and preservation and access—as well as one special grant program in the digital humanities. Additional information about these program areas, as well as the specific grant categories awarded this cycle, is available in the box above.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Media Contacts: Office of Communications at (202) 606-8446 or info@neh.gov