NEH Statement on FY2022 Congressional Appropriation

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Washington, DC (March 24, 2022)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on March 15, 2022, provides funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities at $180 million, an increase of $12.5 million over the agency’s Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation.

In addition to providing support for NEH’s seven grantmaking divisions, this appropriation also supports local and regional humanities programs administered by the network of 56 state, jurisdictional, and interim humanities councils. The legislation also provides $5 million for NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” initiative, focused on civics and history education and projects that explore the nation’s quest to create a more just and inclusive society.

“This funding will allow NEH to provide vital support to the many cultural and educational institutions still recovering from the devastating financial impact of the pandemic, and expand access for all Americans to the humanities collections, programs, and resources that document our rich and diverse history as a nation,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo). “I am happy to see Congress support my priorities for NEH, including highlighting more of the untold stories of people in the founding and growth of our country. I’m also grateful for the chance to push for more equity and opportunity in our grantmaking process and expand our reach to underserved communities and institutions.”


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

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