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
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 SAM.gov 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.
- 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 Grants.gov under the correct funding opportunity number to be considered under this notice. Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be reviewed.
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 Grants.gov. 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 Grants.gov, 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.
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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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