Promotion of the Humanities_We the People

AUTHORIZATION: To support scholarly, educational, preservation, and public projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.


Agency - National Endowment For The Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

Website Address

http://www.neh.gov



Program Accomplishments

For We The People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America, contact the Division of Public Programs. For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, contact the Division of Education Programs and the Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For We the People Bookshelf: Libraries launch community programs based on readings on important themes such as courage and freedom.

For We the People Picturing America: Libraries are required to encourage the use of the posters by teachers in the classroom, keep the posters on continual exhibit in classrooms or public locations in the school.

For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As part of its We the People initiative, NEH is collaborating with the American Library Association to distribute the We the People Bookshelf, a program to encourage young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history.

Applications are accepted from all public libraries, including systems and branches, and school libraries (K-12), including public, private, parochial, or charter schools, in the United States and its territories.

For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

NEH is collaborating with the American Library Association to present a new program called We the People Picturing America.

This program introduces young people to some of America's art treasures and is designed to promote the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture in K-12 schools.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For We the People Picturing America, applications will be accepted from all K-12 public, private, parochial, and charter schools and home school consortia in the United States and its territories.. School and public libraries are invited to apply to receive the We the People Bookshelf, which consists of fifteen thematically related books and supplemental materials to help with publicity and the organization of public programs. For Landmarks of American History: Workshops for School Teachers Workshops and Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact program officers who can offer advice about preparing the proposal, and review draft proposals.

These comments are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but applicants in other programs have found them helpful in strengthening their applications.

Program staff recommend that draft proposals be submitted six weeks before the deadline.

Time restraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.

Draft proposals may be submitted by e-mail attachment to: odh@neh.gov This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applications to NEH must be submitted via Grants.gov. We the People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America: printed application materials are available by calling (202)606-8446, sending an e-mail to info@neh.gov, or writing to NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20506. For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty, program guidelines are available through the NEH Division of Education Programs; and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, the NEH Office of Challenge Grants.

Award Procedures

We The People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America: Each application is assessed by staff at NEH in collaboration with the staff of the American Library Association. Evaluators may take geographical and demographic distribution into consideration when selecting participating libraries. The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities makes the final decision.

Deadlines

October 16 and April 2 for Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant applications; April 9 for Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities applications; and July 15 for NEH/DOE Humanities High Performance Computing Program applications. E-Mail the Office of Digital Humanities for specific information.

Authorization

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately four - seven months.

Appeals

We The People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America: None. For other We the People grants, applicant may request written reasons for rejection and reapply with revised proposal to a subsequent application deadline.

Renewals

Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Contact NEH Office of Challenge Grants for information on matching requirements for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Full-time or part-time activities for periods ranging from eighteen to thirty-six months.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

We The People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America: Not applicable.

For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

Audits

We The People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America: Not applicable. For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

Records

We The People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America: Not applicable. For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

Financial Information

Account Identification

59-0200-0-1-503.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 Not separately identifiable.; FY 08 est $1,969,000; and FY 09 est $2,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

We the People Bookshelf winners receive fifteen books and promotional materials, including bookplates, bookmarks, and posters. For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 1100 and 1105. We the People Bookshelf and We the People Picturing America: application materials are available by calling (202)606-8446, sending an E-mail to info@neh.gov, or writing to NEH, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 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, $33.60 foreign).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Office of Public Information, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 402, Washington, DC 20506. Telephone: (202) 606-8400. Office of Challenge Grants, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 420, Washington, DC 20506. (202) 606-8309. Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 302, Washington, DC 20506. (202)606-8463. Questions about the We the People Bookshelf can be answered by the American Library Association staff at (1 800)545-2433, ext. 5045 and publicprograms@ala.org or by NEH staff at (202) 606-8589 and info@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at (1 866) 372-2930.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

We The People Bookshelf applications are evaluated according to the following criteria: Are the proposed programs well conceived, and do they have broad community appeal? Do the proposed programs explore the theme of courage? Will the proposed programs engage young readers? Does the library provide a long-term plan for promoting ongoing interest in the Bookshelf? For Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Workshops for Community College Faculty and for We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions and Culture, consult the guidelines of the NEH Division of Education Programs and Office of Challenge Grants respectively.



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