Promotion of the Humanities Professional Development


The Institutes program promotes better teaching and research in the humanities for higher education faculty and K-12 educators. The Landmarks of American History and Culture program promotes better teaching of American history and culture through intensive, place-based professional development for K-12 teachers at historical sites, colonial settlements, battlefields, artists' and writers' homes.

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 2012 No current data available. 246 applications were received and 65 grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2013 214 application were received and 69 grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2014 211 application were received and 69 grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2020
Fiscal Year 2022 You may find past recipients using NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, Part 20 U.S.C., Section § 956, et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American Tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Depending on the project, beneficiaries include K-12 teachers or higher education faculty in the humanities, as well as their students and colleagues.
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. Applicants must submit their applications to NEH through Additional application information is available online at
Award Procedure
NEH staff review all applications for eligibility, completeness, and responsiveness. The agency then conducts a peer review process for all applications that pass this initial screening. Peer reviewers are experts in their fields with knowledge and expertise relevant to the activities that the program supports. NEH instructs peer reviewers to evaluate applications according to established review criteria. Peer reviewers must comply with federal ethics rules governing conflicts of interest. NEH program officers supplement the peer reviewers' comments to address matters of fact or significant points that the peer reviewers have overlooked. They then make funding recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets at least twice each year to review applications and advise the NEH Chair. By law, the Chair has the sole authority to make final funding decisions.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately six months for applicants, and six weeks for individuals applying to participate in NEH-funded institutes and workshops.
Applicants may request written reasons for rejection and reapply with revised proposal to a subsequent application deadline.
If NEH has previously made an award in support of your project, you may submit an application for a new or subsequent stage of the project, which NEH will assess using the same criteria as other applications in the current competition.
How are proposals selected?
NEH reads and evaluates proposals based on whether the intellectual quality of the project is excellent; whether the project is well designed; and whether the project will have significant results. See E1. Review Criteria in the relevant Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Awards support direct costs, including salaries, participant stipends, selection costs, travel, and supplies. Projects should engage participants in deepening the knowledge of the subjects they teach and strengthen their capacity to engage students in substantive study of the humanities. NEH does not typically support projects that deal solely with pedagogical theory or that are intended to improve writing, speaking, or thinking skills apart from a focus on specific humanities content.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Awards are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other federal officials.
Recipients must retain documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records for three 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 by program. See B2. in the relevant Notice of Funding Opportunity. NEH will pay recipients through electronic funds transfer on an advance basis, unless otherwise specified in the award. Advance payments must be limited to the recipient's immediate cash requirements 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 Education Programs
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8463
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 21$7,637,531.00; FY 22 est $6,990,000.00; FY 23 FY 20$8,862,400.00; FY 18$8,845,400.00; FY 19 est $8,965,000.00; FY 17$9,429,550.00; FY 14$10,854,340.00; FY 15 est $10,877,300.00; FY 12 est $11,532,000.00; FY 13$11,223,327.00; FY 16 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Applicants can request up to $190,000 in the Landmarks of American History and Culture program and up to $235,000 in the Institutes programs. Awards in 2021 ranged from $31,500 to $368,484.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. NOFOs are available online at or upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012 No current data available.
Fiscal Year 2014 (1) The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History: two one-week Landmarks workshops for seventy-two school teachers will examine race reform in a contested southern past. Atlanta, destroyed in the Civil War, was rebuilt on the ashes of slavery as a New South city. The project uses several Atlanta sites as touchstones for examining memorialization of the antebellum South and Civil War, the history of the “color line,” race relations, and the Civil Rights movement in twentieth-century America. (2) America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story: A three-week institute will bring thirty k-12 teachers together from across the country to learn more about the history of the Reconstruction period and how that history has been shaped by episodes emerging from the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. (3) The Canon and Beyond: Teaching the History of Modern Design: A four week summer teaching institute designed to prepare a diverse group of college faculty to meet an increasing demand to teach courses on the topic. The Institute is organized into three thematic units whose subjects address significant components of introductory courses in modern design history, from the early 19th century through the 1970s. (4) The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts: Interpretation through Production: A four week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty will explore understandings of medieval manuscripts and their role in medieval culture. Knowledge of medieval book production and the materiality of manuscripts has become all the more important as manuscript facsimiles are increasingly available online
Fiscal Year 2018 Past recipients of Humanities Professional Development awards may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at
Fiscal Year 2020 Past recipients may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at
Fiscal Year 2022 You may find past recipients using NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at


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