Digital Projects for the Public

Division of Public Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$30,000 (Discovery grants)
$100,000 (Prototyping grants)
$400,000 (Production grants)

Open to

Organizations

Expected output

Game/Simulation;
Web Resources;
Mobile App;
Virtual/Augmented Reality;
Curricular Materials

Period of performance

One to three years

Application available

Application due

Project start date

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The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. The projects must be designed to attract broad public audiences.

All Digital Projects for the Public projects should

  • present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities ideas;
  • incorporate sound humanities scholarship;
  • involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production;
  • include appropriate digital media professionals;
  • reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution;
  • create appealing digital formats for the general public; and
  • demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves.

All projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, nonspecialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions. Applicants may also choose to identify particular communities and groups, including students, to whom a project may have particular appeal. 

NEH also welcomes applications for non-promotional digital components of a larger project. For these projects, you should explain how the digital platform will enrich the users’ learning experience and engagement. For instance, if your request is for a mobile experience that would operate within a museum or would work in conjunction with a film, you should explain how this project element will substantially add to the audience’s learning experience.

The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. The projects must be designed to attract broad public audiences.

All Digital Projects for the Public projects should

  • present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities ideas;
  • incorporate sound humanities scholarship;
  • involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production;
  • include appropriate digital media professionals;
  • reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution;
  • create appealing digital formats for the general public; and
  • demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves.

All projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, nonspecialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions. Applicants may also choose to identify particular communities and groups, including students, to whom a project may have particular appeal. 

NEH also welcomes applications for non-promotional digital components of a larger project. For these projects, you should explain how the digital platform will enrich the users’ learning experience and engagement. For instance, if your request is for a mobile experience that would operate within a museum or would work in conjunction with a film, you should explain how this project element will substantially add to the audience’s learning experience.

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 grants.gov 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 full grant guidelines 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 Projects for the Public Program Guidelines (PDF)

Digital Projects for the Public Program Guidelines (DOC)

    Digital Projects for the Public Grants.gov application package

    Budget Resources

    Budget Instructions, September 2018 (PDF)

    Sample Budget, September 2018 (PDF)

    Budget Form, September 2018 (XLS)

    Program Resources

    Digital Projects for the Public, Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

    List of recent Discovery grants

    List of recent Prototyping grants

    List of recent Production grants

    DUNS Number Requirement

    Sample Application Narratives

    Discovery Project: Brown University, Toward a Digital Environmental History of the Americas

    Discovery Project: University of Virginia, Participatory Media

    Prototyping Project: Harvard University, Digital Giza, a Portal to the Pyramids

    Prototyping Project: Historic Hudson Valley, Slavery in the North Website

    Prototyping Project: Richard Stockton College, Pox and the City

    Production Project: University of Southern California, Walden Game

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      Program Statistics

      This grant has been awarded for
      3
      Years
      NEH received an average of
      78
      Applications
      per year
      This grant has a
      9%
      Funding Ratio
      NEH made an average of
      7
      Awards
      per year