Media Projects

Division of Public Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$75,000 for Development, $700,000 for Production, $1,000,000 for Chairman’s Special Awards

Open to


Expected output

Online Video;
Radio Broadcast

Period of performance

Development: 6-12 months, Production: 1-3 years

Application available

Optional Draft due

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

Short Documentaries is no longer a separate grant program, but the NEH continues to fund short documentary films through the Media Projects program.

The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio programs, podcasts,  long-form documentary films, and documentary film series  that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. Media Projects offers two levels of funding: Development and Production.

View a pre-recorded webinar.

View a segment from a 2020 webinar in which Susi Walsh (Center for Independent Documentary), Arwen Curry (director, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin), Eric Stange (director, Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive), and David Weinstein (NEH program officer) share tips on preparing proposals for NEH Media Projects. Thanks to the Center for Independent Documentary, which hosted the webinar, and the webinar participants.  

Step 2 Register for a SAM number and an account with

To apply to this program, your organization will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with If your organization has registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

Step 3 Complete your application package

Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the instructions.

Step 4 Submit your application on

You will receive a confirmation from when you’ve successfully submitted your application. Subsequently, you will receive up to five more notices confirming different stages in the application process. Verify that you have received all confirmations. Note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder. 

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
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This program has a
Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
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