Promotion of the Humanities Federal/State Partnership


To promote local, statewide, and regional humanities programming through annual grants to humanities councils in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. The humanities councils conduct humanities projects and grant programs for local nonprofit organizations, institutions, and groups, and occasionally for individuals. Under the provisions of 20 U.S.C. 956(f)(8), only one entity in each state may receive assistance from NEH as the state humanities council.

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
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Fiscal Year 2016: Support for the programs and operations of 56 state humanities councils made possible more than 42,000 high quality state and local humanities projects throughout the nation that reached an audience of more than 322,775,000, including 12,000 reading and discussion programs, 1,875 exhibitions, 3,300 literacy programs, 3,300 speakers bureau presentations, 2,325 teacher institutes and workshops, 4,125 conferences, 1,200 Chautauqua events, 9,750 media program events, 1,200 technology projects, 560 preservation projects and 4,050 local history projects.
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year 2017: Support for the programs and operations of 56 state humanities councils made possible 43,500 high quality state and local humanities projects throughout the nation that reached an audience of more than 325,000,000, including 12,240 reading and discussion programs, 1,910 exhibitions, 3,375 literacy programs, 3,375 speakers bureau presentations, 2,400 teacher institutes and workshops, 4,200 conferences and symposia, 1,235 Chautauqua events, 9,750 media program events, 1,250 technology projects, 570 preservation projects and 4,125 local history projects.
Fiscal Year 2018 Recipients of Humanities Federal/State Partnership awards may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at Also see
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. §956 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) state and jurisdictional humanities councils which conform to the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 956(f). See
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments; sponsored organizations; public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; other public institutions/organizations; Federally recognized Indian tribal governments; Native American organizations; U.S. Territories; minority organizations; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions which apply directly to the State Humanities Council.
Humanities councils submit an annual compliance report, and every five years they submit a self-assessment report. Compliance requirements are outlined in 20 U.S.C. 956(f). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
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. All councils are required to file a a compliance plan annually and a self-assessment every five years.
Award Procedure
Compliance plans are reviewed by Federal/State Partnership staff. Self-assessments are reviewed by teams of independent reviewers including scholars and nonprofit professionals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after recommendation by the National Council on the Humanities.
May 1, 2020 May 1, 2020 for annual compliance reports. Timetable for submission of self-assessment material is timed with the 5-year site review.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Variable: Six months.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Each State council sets its own guidelines and criteria for assessing proposals, which are widely disseminated within the state. The criteria for state council funding from NEH are established in the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. Section 950, 956, and by the NEH Office of Federal/State Partnership.
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used to fund local, statewide, and regional humanities projects, subject to guidelines determined by each state humanities council.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
General operating support grants are subject to a program-specific audit.
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 is mandatory. As established by the Congressional funding formula, each State council receives $200,000 of the definite funds appropriated to Federal/State Partnership. Of the remaining funds, 44 percent is divided equally among the States which have a population of 200,000 or more, 22 percent is allocated to each council on the basis of population, and 34 percent is awarded at the discretion of the Chairman of the agency. Total matching of the award on a one-to-one basis is required. Source: 20 U.S.C. 956 (f)(4).

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance is five years. Funds must be expended during the first three years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance. 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
Contact information for the state humanities councils is available here:
Headquarters Office
Office of Federal/State Partnership,
National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 Seventh St, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8254
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$47,503,308.00; FY 19 est $48,385,840.00; FY 20 FY 17$46,875,190.00; FY 16$43,014,272.00; - FY '19 obligations include additional funding provided by NEH Treasury matching grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2018 the range of assistance was $384,160 to $2,446,300. Average was $823,747.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
445 CFR 1100 and 1105. Information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and program guidelines are available online at or upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign). Addresses and phone numbers for the 56 State humanities councils are available from Federal/State Partnership, NEH, Washington, DC 20506, and from the NEH web site,
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2020 State humanities councils offer a wide array of programming that makes the humanities accessible to general audiences. State council-conducted programs and grant making reflect the interests, resources, and diverse experiences of the local communities they serve. Council programs include competitive grants, civic education programs, book festivals, speaker’s bureaus, educator institutes, Clemente courses, films, traveling exhibitions, Chautauqua events, and programs for veterans. They also help extend the reach of NEH-funded projects, and ensure NEH remains connected to local and regional communities. Through council initiatives and grant-making, state councils enrich lives through the humanities—with an emphasis on the specific needs of the communities they represent.


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