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NEH Announces $29 Million in Awards and Offers for 184 Humanities Projects

WASHINGTON (August 20, 2009)—Today the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $29 million in grant awards and offers for 184 high quality humanities projects. New funding supports a wide variety of projects nationwide, including professional development opportunities for educators at all levels, advancement of humanities disciplines through the use of technology, and collaboration between U.S. and U.K. scholars related to the development of digital humanities projects. Additionally, NEH awarded grants for media, library, and museum programming for public audiences at local, national, and historic sites, programming offered by state humanities councils, as well as Challenge Grants that support humanities activities that examine American history.

“The NEH grants announced today will bring the humanities to homes, communities, and classrooms across the United States,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach. “From documentaries that will air on public television stations, or exhibits and programming at local libraries and museums, to the continuing education of our nation’s teachers and development of digital tools for use by scholars and citizens alike, these creative projects will help Americans better understand the ability of the humanities to enrich our lives.”

This award cycle, institutions in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories will receive NEH support. A complete state-by-state listing of grants and offers of matching funds is available in the box above. A brief document describing the specific programs and grant categories awarded this cycle is also available above.

NEH awards and offers announced today come from six program areas—Challenge Grants, Education Programs, Digital Humanities, Preservation and Access, and Public Programs, and the Endowment’s Federal/State Partnership which supports the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Selected projects have received a We the People designation for their efforts to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.


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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