Media Projects: Development Grants

Division of Public Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Open to


Expected output

Online Video;
Radio Broadcast

Period of performance

Six to twelve months

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

ALERT: CAGE is currently experiencing a high volume of registrations, and is processing them in the order in which they are received. NEH encourages applicants registering with to allow additional time for processing.

The Media Projects: Development Grants program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Awards should result in a script (for documentary film or television programs) or a detailed treatment (for radio programs or podcasts) and may also yield a plan for outreach and public engagement. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection.

What’s new for 2020

Applications must be complete, must observe the specified page limits, and must be validated by under the correct funding opportunity number to be considered under this notice. Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Review your application package

To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity below to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.

Download Application Materials

Media Projects: Development Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity, January 2020 (PDF) 
Media Projects application package

Budget Resources

Sample Budget (PDF) 
Budget Form (XLS)

Program Resources

Media Projects Frequently Asked Questions, August 2019 (PDF)
Media Projects: Development Grants awards, 2017-2019
Labor Standards Assurances Form (PDF)
DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

A History of Rural Appalachian Culture
City Lore New York Center for Urban Culture, Jewish American Soldiers in World War II
Global Village Media, John Muir in the New World

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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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