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NEH Announces $20 Million in Awards and Offers for 319 Humanities Projects

WASHINGTON (December 17, 2009)—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $20 million in grant awards and offers for 319 humanities projects Thursday. New funding supports a wide variety of projects nationwide, including traveling exhibitions, research fellowships and faculty research by teachers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, the preservation of humanities collections in smaller institutions, and educational programs to prepare libraries, museums, and archives to preserve and enhance access to their collections.

Also among the grants announced are the first winners of the Digging into Data Challenge competition which facilitates collaboration between scholars in the U.S., U.K., and Canada related to innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis. Additionally, NEH awarded Challenge Grants that support long-term humanities activities.

“The grants announced today highlight the broad spectrum of humanities projects funded by the Endowment,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach. “From small awards which enable institutions to better preserve and conserve their collections, to larger matching offers that assist organizations with capital improvements, NEH funding supports humanities scholarship and a variety of projects.”

This award cycle, institutions and independent scholars in 45 states and the District of Columbia will receive NEH support. Complete state-by-state listings of grants and offers of matching funds are available in the box above. A brief document describing the specific program areas and grant categories awarded this cycle is also available above.

NEH awards and offers announced today come from five program areas—Challenge Grants, Digital Humanities, Preservation and Access, Public Programs, and Research. Selected projects have received a We the People designation for their efforts to 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