Public Humanities Projects

Division of Public Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Planning: $75,000
Implementation: $400,000 (+additional $100,000 for Positions in the Public Humanities if you choose to apply for one)

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Expected output

Interpretation Plans;

Period of performance

Planning: Up to 24 months Implementation: Up to 48 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 Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

The program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions related to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.

 What’s new for 2020

  • The period of performance for Planning proposals is up to 24 months. The period of performance for Implementation proposals is up to 48 months.
  • If you are applying for the Implementation funding level, you may now request an additional $100,000 to create a two-year staff full-time position during a four-year period of performance (or $50,000 for a one-year period of performance, and a one-year full-time staff position) within your institution to work on the proposed project. These additional funds support full-time employment opportunities for recent graduates with an MA or PhD in the humanities. Applicants that wish to increase annual compensation above $50,000 for these positions must use their own funds to do so.
  • Humanities Discussions must be related to “A More Perfect Union:” NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.
  • 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

Public Humanities Projects Notice of Funding Opportunity, January 2020 (PDF) Application Package

Budget Resources

Sample Budget (PDF)

Budget Form (XLS)

Program Resources

Public Humanities Projects Frequently Asked Questions, August 2019 (PDF)

Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF)

Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PDF)

List of recent Exhibitions: Planning grants

List of recent Exhibitions: Implementation grants

List of recent Historic Places: Planning grants

List of recent Historic Places: Implementation grants

List of recent Humanities Discussions awards

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

Exhibitions Planning Project: American Precision Museum, Interpretive Plan

Exhibitions Planning Project: National Museum of American Jewish History, Leonard Bernstein

Exhibitions Planning Project: University of California Los Angeles,The Art of African Blacksmiths

Exhibitions Implementation Project: Heard Museum, The American Indian Boarding School Experience

Exhibitions Implementation Project: Oakland Museum, Gallery of California History

Historic Places Planning Project: Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Rear Yard Exhibit

Historic Places Planning Project: National Society of Colonial Dames, Reinterpreting Dumbarton House

Exhibitions Implementation Project: Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Community Conversations Implementation: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Historic Places Implementation: The Owens-Thomas House

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