General Operating Support Grants
This program, mandated by Congress, provides grants-in-aid in order to develop adequate programs in the humanities in each state. Federal support covers not more than 50 percent of the costs of those programs and public humanities activities.
Sample Council Projects
SO-50190, Illinois Humanities Council:
Using funds allocated by NEH in 2006 and 2007, the Illinois Humanities Council created “Future Perfect: Conversations on the Meaning of the Genetics Revolution,” to discuss the possible impact upon America of advances in genetic science. On the one hand, advances in genetics hold much promise for combating disease, feeding more people, and generally improving our quality of life. But at the same time, these scientific developments also draw criticism and evoke fears. Since major decisions about the permissibility of these scientific advances must be made soon, the public needs a better understanding of the relevant issues. Believing that humanistic inquiry can illuminate these issues, the Illinois Humanities Council program explored issues like these: How does cloning affect what it means to be human? If research suggests that much of our make-up is determined by our genes, does free will exist? Are advances in genetics ultimately a problematic quest for “perfection”? The project sought to increase public knowledge of genetics by engaging Illinoisans in conversations about the genetics revolution and its impact on the individual and on society.
SO-50236, California Council for the Humanities:
The California Council for the Humanities made use of NEH funds allocated in 2008 to develop a Web site, “We Are California,” devoted to the history of immigration to and migration within California. At the Web site, the first of its kind, Californians can tell their own stories of how they came to California. Members of the public are invited to explore the remarkable stories of Californians, past and present, and to add their own or their family’s “We Are California,” story.