NEH Awards More than $9 Million to State Humanities Councils

New funds will support state-based humanities initiatives following the end of the federal shutdown

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(January 31, 2019)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will award more than $9 million to fifty-five state and jurisdictional humanities councils during the first week of February. These councils provide humanities programming and grants for worthy projects across the nation, particularly for local history and educational activities.

“The NEH staff has prioritized supporting our state partners and is working diligently to process these awards,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “Our states are the keepers of the flame of the nation’s history.”

In total, NEH will have provided almost $18 million to the councils since the beginning of this fiscal year. This new infusion of NEH funding will help humanities councils resume regular operations in the fifty states and U.S. jurisdictions.



National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at