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)

Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Mobile App;
Virtual/Augmented Reality;

Period of performance

One to three years

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date

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. 

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. 

View a webinar with information about Digital Projects for the Public grants and tips for applying. 

Register for a SAM number and an account on

Confirm that your SAM registration is current and verify your access to If you have not already done so, you must create a user account to register and log in to SAM and is a secure sign in service used by the public to sign in to participating government agencies. Create and link your account now. 

Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the instructions. 

Submit your application package on

You will receive a confirmation from when you’ve successfully submitted your application. Subsequently, you will receive up to five more notices confirming different stages in the application process. Verify that you have received all confirmations. Note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder. 

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
95 Applications
per year
This grant has a
14% Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
13 Awards
per year