NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience.
Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.
Implementation grants support the following formats:
- exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues;
- interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions;
- book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and
- interpretive websites, mobile applications, games, and other digital formats.
Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.
In the last five competitions the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants program received an average of 39 applications. The program made an average of eight awards per competition, for a funding ratio of 21 percent.
The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely competition to competition, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from firstname.lastname@example.org .
Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 or email@example.com . Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.