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NEH Grants: Media, Libraries, Museums, and More!

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

NEH GrantsThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanity programs in the United States. This independent federal agency traditionally has awarded grants to museums, libraries, colleges, universities, media outlets, and more.

In this blog article, TheGrantHelpers.com highlights four of the NEH’s recently announced grant opportunities for media projects, museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations. For a full description of each grant, including application materials, budget resources, program resources, sample narratives, and more, please click on the name of the grant.

Media Projects: Development Grants

The NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that “engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas.” The Media Projects: Development Grants encourage projects in humanities scholarship in areas such as history, religion, anthropology, and more. Media projects include film and television or radio projects. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series. Radio projects may be single programs, a limited series, or segments within an ongoing program.

Development grants allow media producers to collaborate with experts to develop content and prepare programs for production. According to the Media Projects: Development Grants webpage, “Grants should result in a script and should also yield a detailed plan or outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.”

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 41 applicants and three awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 7%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Media Projects: Production Grants

This grant supports efforts similar to those of the Media Project: Development Grant program. However, this grant focuses on supporting the production and distribution of media that engage the public.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 40 applicants and six awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 15%. 

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

The NEH’s Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants support exhibitions at museums, libraries, or other venues; interpretations of historical places, sites, or regions; and book or film discussion programs, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues. Planning grants support project development, refinement of themes, beginning design, testing, and audience evaluation.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 64 applicants and six awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 9%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

This grant supports efforts similar to those of the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grant program. However, this grant focuses on supporting scholarly research and consultation, designing development, and installing a project for public presentation.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 46 applicants and nine awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 20%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

If you are interested in learning more about all of the various NEH grants, please visit the NEH Grants website. If you are curious whether or not these grants would be a good fit for your organization, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We have the experts you need to get you on the right track.

 

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NEA Our Town Grant Opportunity

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

NEA Our TownThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant deadline is quickly approaching (January 13, 2014), but still worth considering for many municipalities and nonprofits that can pull off a tight deadline. If you need help working under a time crunch, TheGrantHelpers.com has the experts who can assist you in any or all parts of the grant application process. Simply contact us for more information.

According to the NEA Our Town website, “Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and sense of place, and revitalize economic development.”

Our Town projects may include the following:

  • Arts Engagement (e.g., festivals and performances, public art to improve public spaces and reflect character of community, programming that encourages interaction between community and the arts, etc.)
  • Cultural Planning (e.g., cultural district planning, development of master plans for public art, etc.)
  • Design (e.g., design of rehearsal, studio, or places for artists to live and work; design new of adapted cultural spaces; design of public spaces, including streetscapes created by artists)

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Applicants must be made by two primary partners, including a nonprofit organization and a local governing body. One of the two partners must be a cultural organization. Having more than two partners is encouraged.
  • One partner must act as lead applicant and assume full responsibility for the grant.
  • Must request a grant amount of $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, $150,000, or $200,000.
  • All grants require nonfederal matching funds of at least 1 to 1 (may be cash or cash and in-kind contributions).

Again, the deadline for this grant is January 13, 2014. For more information, including full eligibility and requirements, please contact us or visit the NEA’s Our Town website. And remember, TheGrantHelpers.com is here to help you as much or as little as you need. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can help you throughout any part of the grant process.

 

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Got Culture or History? Need Funding? Apply for a Humanity Grant!

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 @ 15:12 PM

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a variety of grant opportunities for a wide range of humanities-related projects. There are different divisions within the NEH, and these divisions serve to widen the scope of projects the organization funds. Here, we highlight a very select few of the NEH’s grant opportunities for cultural activities. For assistance in finding additional grant opportunities that are unique to your organization’s funding needs, contact a grant expert today.

 

America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants support organizations that provide public programs in humanities. Examples of these programs include exhibitions at museums, libraries, etc.; interpretations of historical places; discussion programs; face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, etc.; and interpretive websites. Planning Grants support the earlier stages of project development, which includes consultations, narrowing themes, early design, and audience evaluation.

Of the last five competitions, approximately 9% of applicants received funding. Awards usually range from $40,000-$75,000 for a period of 12 months.

For more information, see the NEH’s America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants programs guidelines.

Deadline: January 9, 2013

 

America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants support organizations and programs such as those mentioned above in the Planning Grants.

Implementation grants provide the funding to complete research, consultation, design, production, and installation of a public presentation project.

Humanities GrantAccording to the NEH, over the last five competitions, approximately 17% of applicants for this grant have been funded. Awards usually do not exceed $400,000, but awards of up to $1,000,000 are available through the Chairman’s Special Award, which funds projects reaching a remarkably large audience. The NEH stresses that projects of smaller scope are fully eligible to apply for support, but all projects should be large enough to earn support between $50,000-$100,000.

For more information, see the NEH’s America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants program guidelines.

Deadline: January 9, 2013

 

Summer Seminars and Institutes Grants

The NEH’s Summer Seminars and Institution Grants fund faculty development programs. Seminars and Institutes may be hosted by colleges, universities, and professional organizations, etc. The seminars and institutes last between two weeks and five weeks.

There are various program formats:

  • Seminar for school teachers – These seminars allow 16 participants to study well-known authors, texts, or a historical period or event.

  • Institute for school teachers – These institutes focus on making connections between content offered by the institute and classroom teaching. According to NEH, “emphasis … is on teaching the specific humanities subject matter and not on pedagogical theory and approaches.” Between 25-30 participants attend each institute.

  • Seminar for college and college and university teachers – These seminars allow 16 participants to research and study under a “scholarly expert.”

  • Institute for college and university teachers – In these institutes, 25 participants investigate the different perspectives in order to advance the teaching of humanities.

Awards for seminars are range from $70,000-$140,000 for a period of 12 months. Institute awards range from $90,000-$200,000 for a period of fifteen months. For more information, see the NEH’s Summer Seminars and Institutes Program Guidelines.

Deadline: March 5, 2013 (for summer of 2014)

 

Each of the NEH grants mentioned here must be submitted via http://www.grants.gov/. For assistance on finding more grant opportunities, or for help on any part of the grant development process, contact us today, or see a full list of our services.

 

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