Promotion of the Humanities_Professional Development

Seminars and Institutes promote better teaching and research in the humanities through faculty development.

Landmarks of American History and Culture, part of the NEH We the People initiative, promote better pre-collegiate and community college teaching of American history and culture through
intensive, rigorous faculty and staff development workshops at historical sites, colonial settlements, battlefields, artists' and writers' homes--while enabling the participants to gain experience in conveying the importance of historical places and enhancing their teaching materials.

The Picturing America School Collaboration Projects grant opportunity us designed to help teachers and librarians whose schools display images of great works of art included in Picturing America (and that help to tell America's story) to form connections with courses in the core curriculum.
Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Poetry as a Form of Life, Life as a Form of Poetry (summer seminar for school teachers); (2) Narrative Theory: Rhetoric and Ethics in Fiction and Nonfiction (summer seminar for college teachers); (3) Houses of Mortals and Gods: Latin Literature in Context (summer institute for school teachers); (4) Bharata Darshan: The Past and the Present in the Study of India's History and Culture (summer institute for college teachers); (5) Two one-week school teacher workshops, held at Mount Vernon, for 100 school teachers, on George Washington and the genesis of the United States Constitution (Landmarks of American History and Culture); (6) Two one-week workshops for fifty community college faculty to focus on the region surrounding Concord, Massachusetts, as a center of Transcendentalism and social reform in the nineteenth century (Landmarks of American History and Culture); (7) A major metropolitan library received an award to conduct two-day Picturing America conferences on the theme "Art and the American Revolution" for two groups of forty K-6 educators each; the library's educational staff and visiting scholars will collaborate in using selections from Picturing America and poems, biographies, and other literature for young readers as a stimulus to discuss themes in American history and American life, as well as to develop art appreciation skills (Picturing America School Collaboration Projects).

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.

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Program Accomplishments

In FY 08, 221 applications were received and 79 awards are anticipated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants support Summer Seminars and Institutes, Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops, Picturing America School Collaboration Projects.

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.

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 are not normally supported.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Distinguished scholar/teachers in the humanities may apply through a sponsoring institution to direct a seminar or institute for college teachers or school teachers.

For Landmarks in American History and Culture, the following may apply: 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; non-government-general; minority organizations; other specialized groups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions.

For Picturing America School Collaboration Project, the following may apply: Sponsored organizations; public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; other public institutions/organizations; non-government-general; minority organizations; other specialized groups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Primarily K-12 or college teachers, depending on the particular project--as well as their colleagues and students.


For educational institutions, costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 and Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal inquiry is encouraged for prospective directors.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications to NEH must be submitted via Proposal instructions are available on line ( or from the headquarters office. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by subject area specialists, panels of scholars, and other appropriate individuals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after advice from the National Council on the Humanities.


March 2, 2009, to direct a seminar or institute during the summer of the following year. March 2, 2009, to participate in a seminar or institute held during the summer of the same year. March 16, 2009, to direct a Landmarks of American History Workshop project during the summer of the following year; March 16, to participate in a Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop held during the summer of the same year. October 1, 2008, for Picturing America School Collaboration projects beginning after April 1, 2009.


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 to five months; six weeks for participants in Seminars and Institutes, Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops, and Picturing America School Collaboration Projects.


None, but director/applicant may request a critique of the proposal and reapply.


Applications for renewal must demonstrate a record of success and the potential to serve new audiences. These applications compete against new applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Source: Program Guidelines. Contact: See Headquarters Office below.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funds must be expended during the grant period. Funds are released as required.

Post Assistance Requirements


Cash reports are due quarterly.

A final narrative report and a final expenditures report are required within 90 days after completion or termination of the grant period.

In addition, reports are required from the scholars participating in the seminar assessing the value of the seminar for their professional development.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. For nongovernmental recipients, audits are to be carried out in accordance with the provisions set forth in OMB Circular No. A-110, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations Uniform Administrative Requirements" and with OMB Circular No. A-133. 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.

Financial Information

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FY 07 $14,359,170*; and FY 08 est $10,081,000; and FY 09 est $10,081,000. *Includes additional funding provided by We the People. See 45.168 PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES-WE THE PEOPLE.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Guidelines are available online at or upon 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).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office: Professional Development, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. Telephone: (202) 606-8463. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In evaluating proposals, the following criteria apply: (1) Intellectual quality and significance; (2) Impact; (3) Feasibility. Applicants to Workshops, Seminars and Institutes selected to receive stipends are those who can derive the greatest benefit from participation in and who can make the greatest contribution to the program.

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