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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces $21.6 Million in New Grants

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2001--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced the awarding of 363 NEH grants totaling $21.6 million. The grants -- the first of three rounds of awards that will take place in fiscal year 2002 -- will support research by college and university professors, curriculum development programs at colleges and universities, humanities programs at museums and libraries, and public television and radio programs.

"NEH has a crucial role to play in generating new knowledge and communicating it broadly," said NEH acting chairman James Herbert. "I am delighted to announce the latest NEH grants for the advancement of the humanities in both the academic and the public arenas."

For this fiscal year (2002), there are 171 fellowships to support the research of individual scholars and 26 challenge grants for long-term institutional development of humanities programs.

Challenge grants, which institutions must match by 3 or 4 to 1, can be used to renovate buildings where educational programs take place or collections are displayed or to endow curatorial positions, humanities programs or acquisition of books or artifacts.

Programs and number of projects funded this round are:

Challenge and matching grants (34): $13,881,000
(Awarded to universities, colleges, public libraries, research centers, museums, other nonprofit institutions.)

Research fellowships to individual scholars (171): $6,456,000

Extending the Reach (21): $531,000

  • institutions of higher education (21): $531,000

Preservation and access (7): $349,000

  • online state encyclopedias (7) $349,000

Public programs (130): $344,000

  • consultation grants for museum, film and radio programs (30) $294,000
  • library programs commemorating the Steinbeck centenary (100) $50,000

A state-by-state listing of grants is available as an Adobe PDF file in the above box by clicking here NEH grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Throughout the year, humanities experts outside of the Endowment read all applications and advise NEH on the quality and significance of each proposed project.


About the 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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