Promotion of the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access


To ensure the long-term and wide availability of primary resources in the humanities by funding projects that promote preserving and providing intellectual access to resources held in libraries, museums, archives, historical organizations, and other collections that are important for research, education, and public programming in the humanities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Endowment For The Humanities, National Foundation On The Arts and The Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 More than 200 grants were awarded that provided in excess of $16 million in humanities preservation support.
Fiscal Year 2019 See
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. ยง956 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
U.S. public and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (including institutions of higher education), state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. public and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (including institutions of higher education), state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, humanities scholars, and the general public.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications to NEH must be submitted via See for additional application information.
Award Procedure
NEH staff review applications for eligibility and completeness. NEH uses a peer review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. Peer reviewers are experts in the field with relevant knowledge and expertise in the types of project activities identified in the applications. NEH instructs reviewers to evaluate applications according to the review criteria outlined in this Notice of Funding Opportunity. Peer reviewers must comply with Federal ethics and conflicts of interest requirements. NEH staff comments on matters of fact or on significant issues that otherwise would be missing from peer reviews, then makes recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets three times per year to advise the NEH chairman. The chairman considers the advice provided by the review process and, by law, makes all funding decisions.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Approximately 7 months.
Not applicable.
Renewal grants are processed and awarded in competition with and in the same manner as new applications.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria used to determine funding priorities include the significance and potential impact of the project, either for preserving and establishing intellectual access to important humanities resources or for improving the infrastructure for preservation and access activities in the country's academic and cultural institutions; the soundness of the project's methodology, including its adherence to accepted professional and technical standards or practice; the viability, efficiency, and productivity of the project's plan of work; the professional training and experience of the project's staff in relation to the activity for which support is requested; and the appropriateness of the project's budget. Preference is given to projects that provide free, online access to digital materials produced with grant funds.
How may assistance be used?
Grants support: the digitization, arrangement and description, and preservation of archival collections, still and moving images, historical artifacts, and recorded sound collections; the documentation of collections of art and material culture; projects to produce research tools and reference works such as databases and electronic archives, bibliographies, dictionaries, and encyclopedias; professional training in preservation administration and in the care of collections; preventive conservation of humanities collections; the work of regional preservation services; general preservation assessments and special consultations for smaller cultural institutions; research and development projects to develop technical standards, best practices, and tools for preserving and creating access to humanities collections; projects to document endangered languages; and a national program for the digitization of historic U.S. newspapers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other Federal officials.
Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 36 months. Recipients will be paid on an advance basis, unless otherwise specified in the award, and payment will be made through electronic funds transfer. Advance payments must be limited to the immediate cash requirements of the recipient in carrying out the purpose of the approved program or project.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation & Access
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8570
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$19,372,200.00; FY 19 est $19,631,350.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$14,700,000.00; FY 16$16,054,272.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 18 from $6,000 to $350,000; average $98,850
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Guidelines are available online at or upon request from National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. It is also available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019 Past recipients of Humanities Preservation & Access awards may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at


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