FAQ on NEH Current Operations and FY 2018 Budget

WASHINGTON, (May 26, 2017)

Is NEH closed?

No. NEH is not closed. NEH is not in the process of shutting down. Using funds appropriated for the current fiscal year, NEH is continuing its normal operations and intends to award additional grants following the meeting of the National Council on the Humanities in July 2017.

For FY 2018, which begins on October 1, 2017, President Donald J. Trump has requested that Congress appropriate $42 million to NEH to meet matching grant offers and to cover administrative expenses for closure. The President’s proposed budget, however, is only the first step in a long budget process. Ultimately, Congress will decide whether and to what extent to fund NEH for FY 2018, and the President will decide to sign or veto the relevant appropriations bill.

Is NEH closed to new applications?

NEH will continue to accept grant applications for FY 2018 according to its established deadlines and will continue to operate as usual unless and until the President and Congress require otherwise. NEH staff are actively working with potential applicants and current grantees every workday. Please review upcoming grant deadlines on our website.

Can NEH ever advocate for its budget?

As an agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal government, NEH answers to the President and must support his proposed budget, including his request that Congress eliminate the agency.

Since Congress created NEH in 1965, the agency has issued more than 63,000 grants, totaling more than $5.3 billion. This public investment has led to the creation of award-winning books, films, museum exhibits, spurred innovative research and discovery, and ensured the preservation of significant cultural resources in all 50 states. Congress may well consider these achievements and seek additional information directly from NEH in considering the agency’s value and whether to fund the agency for FY 2018 and beyond.

What can NEH grantees, humanities organizations, and national service organizations do to share information about the agency’s value?

NEH partners can educate their communities on NEH’s impact by crediting the National Endowment for the Humanities:

  • Within any materials that describe an NEH-funded project
  • On signage and in remarks at an event or in a venue that promotes an NEH-funded project
  • In opinion editorials published in your local newspaper or other media outlets about your grant
  • By sharing and/or linking to NEH materials on your project website
  • By including @NEHgov when you tweet about an NEH-funded project

If you are a current grantee who needs access to the NEH logo, you can find it here.

For grantees:

What if I have already received an NEH grant award, or an offer for a grant award?

NEH has set aside the full funding amount for grants awarded, as is reflected in the Notice of Action and other grant documents you have received. NEH will continue to provide funds under awards as requested and as appropriate.

What if I have a grant offer, but have not yet completed the necessary paperwork to receive the formal award?
You should submit your paperwork as soon as possible so that formal awards can be made. These funds too are already set aside, and ready to be obligated (i.e., formally funded) as soon as the process is completed and the Notice of Action generated.

What about the ability to “front load” a payment, can you do that?

NEH is restricted from doing that, as OMB regulations and the award’s governing documents limit advance payments to the grantee’s immediate cash needs; that is, payments not to exceed anticipated expenditures for a thirty-day period.

I’m a grantee who is supposed to get matching funds—what about those?

If you are a grantee funded through Challenge Grants, or with other types of matching funds, as your notices and other grant documents also indicate, you will receive the full amount of the award once the matching funds have been received and certified. 

For applicants:

Should I still apply for an NEH grant? 
Yes.  We are continuing to do the important work of our agency for the humanities community, and therefore plan on running full competitions for all grant programs that are now posted on the website.

For panelists:

Am I still needed to serve as an NEH panelist?
Yes.  We will continue accepting applications, holding panel meetings, reviewing recommendations, and preparing for presentation of recommendations to NEH’s advisory group, the National Council on the Humanities.

Media Contacts:
Paula Wasley: (202) 606-8424 | pwasley@neh.gov