Public Humanities Projects
Maximum award amount
Implementation: $400,000 (+additional $100,000 for Positions in the Public Humanities if you choose to apply for one)
Period of performance
Optional Draft due
Expected notification date
Project start date
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.
Public Humanities Projects supports projects in three program categories (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), and at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation). Regardless of proposed activity, NEH encourages applicants to explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Proposed projects may include complementary components: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website or mobile app.
Small and mid-sized organizations are especially encouraged to apply. We likewise welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students in informal educational settings), underserved communities, and veterans. Applicants are advised to consider developing partnerships with other institutions, particularly organizations such as cultural alliances, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, state humanities councils, veterans’ centers, and libraries.
August 11, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
NOTE: The Grants.gov funding opportunity that closes January 6, 2021 includes the application packages for both the September 8, 2020 and January 6, 2021 deadlines to this program. Please select the appropriate application package on the “Package’ tab.
Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this notice and are prepared to write the most effective application.
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Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions.
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