Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Office of Digital Humanities

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Level I: $50,000
Level II: $100,000
Level III: $325,000 in outright funds, with an additional $50,000 in matching funds

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material and Publication;
Teaching Resources;
Digital Infrastructure;

Period of performance

Up to thirty-six months

Application available

Optional Draft due

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

NEH and COVID-19: NEH is accepting, reviewing, and processing grant applications on its normal schedule, without change to announced application deadlines.

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Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

In support of its efforts to advance digital infrastructures and initiatives in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support some DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations. IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. This could include collaborations with community-based archives, community-driven efforts, and institutions or initiatives representing the traditionally underserved. Interested applicants should also refer to the current IMLS Strategic Plan for additional context.

What’s New for 2020:

  • DHAG application guidelines are now known as the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and follow the required format set forth in 2 CFR 200 , Appendix I.
  • This NOFO will be used for the January 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020 deadlines.
  • All applications must include a budget justification.
  • Table of contents and page numbering across an entire application are no longer required.
  • Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not include all required sections and components (i.e., Budget Justifications, Biographies and not CVs).
  • Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not comply with all requirements indicated with a “must” outlined in the NOFO (e.g., page limits).

Webinar for Writing 2020 DHAG Applications

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Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a SAM number/DUNS number, and for a account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.

Begin by reading the notice of funding opportunity and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Download Application Materials

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants NOFO (PDF) application package for Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Budget Resources

Budget Form, October 2018 (XLS)

Sample Budget, October 2018 (PDF)

Program Resources

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

List of recent awards in this program

Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF)*

Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PDF)

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Sample Application Narratives

Level I

Level II

Level III


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Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and in the instructions. 

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Program Statistics

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Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program