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NEH Announces $30.9 Million in New Grants

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2001--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced the awarding of 302 grants nationwide totaling $30.9 million. The grants are in all four of NEH's program areas--preservation and access, research, education and public programs.

"NEH grants foster study of American civilization and of the world's many cultural traditions," said NEH Chairman William R. Ferris. "NEH-funded projects have a powerful cultural impact by helping to discover, preserve and tell the many stories that comprise the human experience. It is my pleasure to present to the American people the latest round of NEH grants."

Programs, number of projects, and dollar amounts this round are:

Preservation and access (66)--$18,152,000

  • development of research tools and reference works (23)--$5,766,819
  • stabilization and documentation of artifact collections (9)--$2,919,127
  • microfilming of brittle books (4)--$2,817,734
  • training of conservators (8)--$2,315,000
  • microfilming of historic U.S. newspapers (4)--$1,923,939
  • establishing access to archival materials (15)--$1,915,566
  • research and development of preservation techniques and standards (3)--$494,056

Research programs (171)--$7,358,000

  • collaborative research (editions, archaeology, conferences, etc.) (35)--$5,230,000
  • fellowships at centers for advanced study (6)--$1,543,000
  • summer stipends (130)--$585,000

Education programs (52)--$4,878,000

  • K-12/higher education curriculum development projects (17)--$3,277,000
  • Schools for a New Millennium grants (12)--(K-12 curriculum enrichment through collaboration with local cultural and educational institutions)--$1,555,000
  • Humanities Teacher Leadership grants (23)--(to individual K-12 teachers for development and distribution of teaching materials) $46,000

Public programs (13)--$476,000

  • museum exhibitions (6)--$245,000
  • documentary film projects (6)--$180,000
  • website development (1)--$51,000

A complete list of the grants awarded by state can be downloaded as a PDF file in the above box.

NEH grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Throughout the year, humanities experts outside of the Endowment assess all applications and judge 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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