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What Grant Program Fits My Digital Project? 

January 21, 2021
Crossroad
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Crossroad

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(updated from original post on Sept 26, 2019)

The good news is that digital humanities work is funded across the National Endowment for the Humanities. The challenge is navigating through the NEH’s extensive list of funding opportunities to find the right program to fund your digital project.

The Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) remains the home for funding experimental, innovative digital methods and infrastructure (software) projects in humanities research, teaching and learning, public engagement, and scholarly communications. Once those methods and technologies are honed, replicable models designed, or extensible free and open source software built, that work may be funded in other divisions in the NEH.

As you consider developing a proposal for a digital humanities project, think about the types of activities you want to fund, who the work is designed for, and what the final products will be.

Below is a quick guide to help you navigate the existing grant programs that support digital projects at the NEH.   

New Methods, Software, Critique

Are you developing innovative digital methods or workflows?

Are you designing or enhancing open-source software for implementing digital humanities research?

Are building or expanding upon digital infrastructure that enables and supports humanities research and publishing?

Are you pursuing research that examines history, criticism, or philosophy of digital culture and technology on society?

Does your institution wish to sustain digital infrastructure and build staff capacity for the long-term support of digital projects through a combination of grant monies and fundraising efforts?

Are you an individual faculty or staff member working on a digital humanities project of any kind at an HBCU, HSI, or Tribal College?

Collections and Access

Are you considering digitizing or building a database of digitized collections?

Do you want to enable access to existing collections through visualizations such as a map or social network?

Are you developing online reference resources like dictionaries and encyclopedia?

Are you seeking to address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources, including collections and data standards?

Are you engaging in experimental methods for analyzing, accessing, or digitizing collections?

Are you using digital technology to record, document, or archive endangered languages?

Are you an individual faculty or staff member working on a digital humanities project of any kind at an HBCU, HSI, or Tribal College?

Digital Editions and Publications

Are you building a digital documentary, critical edition, or translation project with an existing software platform?

Are you an individual scholar developing an interpretative project that requires digital expression?

Are you a single scholar engaging in digital methods for humanities research resulting in an article or book, including an edition or translation? 

Are you collaborating with a team using established digital methods for humanities research resulting in a major digital project, website, journal article, edited collection, special issue of a journal, book?

Are you an individual faculty or staff member working on a digital humanities project of any kind at an HBCU, HSI, or Tribal College?

Digital Public Engagement

 Are you designing a website, VR experience, or mobile app with a strong storytelling element with a collaborative team for public audiences?

Developing new software or digital methods for public engagement?

Documenting a community’s history or cultural practices for an interpretive research project?

Are you an individual faculty or staff member working on a digital humanities project of any kind at an HBCU, HSI, or Tribal College?

DH Curricula & Pedagogy

Are you designing an interdisciplinary digital humanities minor/major for undergraduates?

  • Humanities Connections, Division of Education Programs

 Do you wish to create curriculum-based DH projects at the college-level with and/or for your students or members of your local community (ie, Open Educational Resources, podcasts, websites)?

Community Colleges
Other Colleges and Universities

Do you plan to research the effectiveness of online learning or digital pedagogy in the humanities?

DH Professional Development

Developing national or regional training in digital humanities?

Designing summer institutes on a humanities theme that integrates digital methods?


The questions above are designed to help you find the best funding opportunity for your digital project that aligns with the goals, approaches, and audiences for your work. We know it is hard, which is why NEH program staff are here to help.

We encourage you to start early and to contact us @email. We will do our best to advise you as you begin planning your next digital project.