Media Projects: Production Grants

Division of Public Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$1 million

Open to

Organizations

Expected output

Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording;
Podcast;
Online Video

Application available

Application due

Project start date

ALERT from SAM.gov: The first time you log in to SAM.gov after June 29, 2018, you’ll be asked to create a login.gov user account (if you don’t already have one). Going forward, you will use your login.gov username and password every time you log in to SAM.gov. Your current SAM.gov username and password will no longer work.  If you are renewing or registering a new entity in SAM.gov, you must mail an original, signed notarized letter stating that you are the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number. Read the FAQs to learn more about these process changes. Currently SAM.gov recommends that registrations and renewals submit their notarized letters at least 45 days in advance of expiration dates or anticipated needs. Please note that you will be unable to access Grants.gov Workspace or fillable application forms until your SAM.gov registration is active.

The Media Projects program supports documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also 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. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

The Division of Public Programs encourages film and television projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civics education. The Division of Public Programs also supports film and television projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

Radio and podcast projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats. Proposed projects might include supplementary components to a film, television, radio, or podcast project: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplemental educational websites, or museum exhibitions.

Production grants (up to $650,000) support the production and distribution of documentary films, television programs, radio programs, and podcasts.

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

Media Projects: Production Grants program guidelines (PDF)

Media Projects: Production Grants program guidelines (DOC)

Media Projects Grants.gov application package

Budget Resources

Budget Instructions, September 2018 (PDF)

Sample Budget, September 2018 (PDF)

Budget Form, September 2018 (MS Excel)

Program Resources

Media Projects frequently asked questions, August 2018 (PDF)

Media Projects: Production Grants awards, 2015-2018

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

New York Center for Urban Folk Culture, America, Whaling, and the World

New York Public Radio, W. Eugene Smith and the Jazz Loft

Public Radio International, American Icons III: Stories about Creativity, the Arts, and the Humanities

Public Radio International, Lyndon Johnson's Presidency and the War in Vietnam

Twin Cities Public Television, Slavery by Another Name

WGBH Educational Foundation, Freedom Riders

World Music Productions, Afropop Worldwide

    Complete your application package

    Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines and in the grants.gov instructions. 

    Submit your application package on Grants.gov

    You will receive a confirmation from grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application. 

    Verify you have received email messages from Grants.gov

    After you submit your application, Grants.gov will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please 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
    39
    Applications
    per year
    This grant has a
    18%
    Funding Ratio
    NEH made an average of
    7
    Awards
    per year