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NEH Awards $17.8 Million for 86 Humanities Projects

Institutions and individuals in 39 states receive support for high-quality humanities projects

WASHINGTON (June 17, 2008)—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that 86 successful applicants will receive $17,879,985 in awards and offers. This funding will support the production and development of media projects, the planning and implementation of museum exhibitions and library-based projects, educators’ professional development, collaborative research, and the preparation of texts and documents that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions.

Additionally, it will provide long-term support in and for humanities activities that explore significant themes and events in American history and will support collaborative projects that explore new ways to share, examine, and interpret humanities collections in a digital environment.

“The Endowment offers diverse and competitive grant opportunities in order to promote excellence in the humanities,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. “The recipients announced today represent scholarship and programming at its very best across a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.”

This award cycle, institutions and individuals in 39 states received support from the NEH. A complete state-by-state listing of total grants and offers of matching funds is available in the box above. A brief document describing the specific programs and grant categories awarded this cycle is also available above.

The NEH grants announced today come from all of the Endowment’s major program areas—Education (in cooperation with the Office of Digital Humanities), Preservation and Access, Public, Research, and Challenge Grants. Also awarded today are the We the People Project Grants for State Humanities Councils offered through the NEH’s Federal/State Partnership. These grants, which are a part of the We the People program, encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.

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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