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Public Humanities Projects

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies,
and IHEs for Humanities Programs

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Public Programs

Deadline Date:

01/06/21 11:59 PM ET Submitted and Validated by Grants.gov

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and institutions of higher education for humanities programs that serve the general public. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible projects are those that engage in the analysis of ethics, literature, history, and art history. This program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); Interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions.

Public Humanities Projects must:

  • Be grounded in sound humanities scholarship
  • Offer an analytical perspective on the themes and ideas that underlie it in order to deepen
    public understanding of the humanities
  • Involve humanities scholars who contribute to all phases of the project
  • Attract a broad public audience or target a particular group underserved by the
    humanities
  • Offer engaging content approached through an appropriate variety of perspectives
  • Encourage dialogue and the exchange of ideas

Public Humanities Projects awards may support activities such as:

  • Meetings with scholars and other content advisers, program partners, and audience
    representatives
  • Research into the topic
  • Travel to archives, collections, sites, or other resources
  • Development and production of program or discussion guides, exhibition labels,
    brochures, digital assets, publications, or other interpretive material
  • Design of any of the interpretive formats to be used
  • Planning and presentation of public programs and publicity materials
  • Evaluation of the project’s impact
  • Planning and conducting project-specific training for docents, discussion coordinators,
    or other interpretive leaders
  • Development and production of curriculum guides and other materials for teachers and
    students
  • Exhibition design and fabrication, as well as crating and shipping
  • Conservation treatments of objects, not exceeding 15 percent of the request to NEH
  • Development and construction of interactive program components
  • Publication costs for complementary materials, including catalogs and curriculum guides
  • Publicity expenses

For more on Program Categories, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Public%20Humanities%20Projects%20NOFO%2020200907-BP-BR-GE-GG-GIx.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177745

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,735,000

Number of Grants:

Approximately 19 grants per deadline

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning: up to $75,000
Implementation: $50,000 to $400,000
Chairman’s Special Awards: up to $1,000,000

Implementation applicants in Exhibitions and Historic Places may also request up to $100,000 above the ceiling amount for a Position in Public Humanities to create a two-year, full-time staff position (or, alternately, $50,000 for a one-year period of performance, and a one-year full-time staff position) to work on the proposed project.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance:
Planning: up to 24 months
Implementation: 12 to 48 months

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Small and mid-sized organizations are especially encouraged to apply. Likewise welcomed are humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students in informal educational settings), underserved communities, and veterans.

Applicants are advised to consider developing partnerships with other institutions, particularly organizations such as cultural alliances, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, state humanities councils, veterans’ centers, and libraries.

Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Funds under this notice may not be used for the following purposes:
-Expenses for hosting a traveling exhibition that is not being developed as part of the project proposed in the application submitted to this program
-Expenses for venues in foreign countries
-Projects that are exclusively or primarily digital (applicants should apply instead to the Digital Projects for the Public program)
-Purchase of art or artifacts
-The creation of encyclopedias, or projects for preservation, cataloging, or archiving that do not include significant interpretive components
-Print or digital publications that are not an integral part of the larger project for which funding is requested
-Professional development
-Purchase of real property, renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, or construction
-Fiscal agent fees
-Strategic planning or feasibility studies
-Projects intended primarily for students in formal learning environments or that satisfy requirements for educational degrees or formal professional training (though projects may include components that can be used in classrooms)
-Conservation treatments of objects in excess of 15 percent of the request to NEH
-Projects primarily devoted to research rather than interpretation for the general public
-Dramatic adaptations of literary works
-Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
-Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action
-Support of specific public policies or legislation
-Lobbying
-Projects that fall outside of the humanities; the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies

For other eligibility information, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Public%20Humanities%20Projects%20NOFO%2020200907-BP-BR-GE-GG-GIx.pdf#page=10

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Webinar: August 11, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/646493454399552015

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Dates:
September 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (for projects beginning as early as May 1, 2021)
January 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (for projects beginning as early as September 1, 2021)

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
-Dun and Bradstreet (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform)
-System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov/SAM/)
-Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organizationregistration.html)

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328561

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
1-800-NEH-1121
202-606-8400
Federal Relay (TTY Users):
800-877-8399
questions@neh.gov

Division of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8269
publicpgms@neh.gov

If you have questions about registering or renewing your registration with login.gov or SAM.gov,
contact the Federal Service Desk Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time at:
Federal Service Desk: FSD.gov
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through Grants.gov, contact
Grants.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at:
Grants.gov Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035
Email: support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

45.164

Funding or Pin Number:

20200907-BP-BR-GE-GG-GI

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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