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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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