Promotion of the Humanities Public Programs


To provide opportunities for the American public to explore human history and culture through humanities programs in museums, historical organizations, libraries, community centers, and other gathering places, as well as on public television, radio, the Internet, and other digital media.

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 2018 406 grant applications and 86 awarded.
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 private 501(c)(3) nonprofit institutions/organizations (including accredited institutions of higher education); state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (including institutions of higher education); state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian 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 Additional application information is available online (
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
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 4 to 6 months.
Applicants may request written reasons for rejection and reapply with revised proposal to a subsequent application deadline.
Renewal grants are processed and awarded in competition with and in the same manner as new applications.
How are proposals selected?
A successful application will demonstrate national significance or impact, outreach to groups of Americans not often engaged in public humanities projects, collaboration among cultural institutions and organizations as well as other similar or different groups, and use of a broad spectrum of the most effective formats, technologies, and venues for lifelong learning in the humanities. Although every proposal will not be expected to meet all of the criteria outlined above, the Division will give priority to applications that further these objectives. See program guidelines for details.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are made to support discovery and prototyping costs for Digital Projects for the Public, development and production costs for Media Projects and Short Documentaries, and planning and implementation costs for Public Humanities Projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained for 3 years following the submission of the final financial 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
Varies, but usually 6 months to 3 years. Funds must be obligated during the grant period. 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 Public Programs
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8269
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$13,840,100.00; FY 19 est $14,500,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$14,586,200.00; FY 16$16,938,857.00; - FY 18 obligations include additional funding provided by NEH Treasury matching grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 18 from $1,000 to $460,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Guidelines are available online at or by request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. 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 Public Programs awards may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at


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