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 and radio and other digital media.


Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) A nonprofit organization received a grant for a national film viewing and discussion program in libraries on the history and interpretation of jazz.

(2) A public television station received a grant for a four-hour television documentary exploring the life and times of Andrew Jackson.

(3) A museum received a grant for an exhibition and guided tours at the cottage that Abraham Lincoln used as a seasonal retreat from 1862 to 1864.

(4) A community college received a grant for a website, conference, guided tours, and lecture series exploring the Civil War in the interior Mid-Atlantic region.

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

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

fiscal year 06,672 applications and 225 awards were made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are made to support planning, scripting, development, production, and implementation costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant 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; non-government-general, minority organizations and other specialized groups; quasi-public nonprofit institutions may apply.

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; non-government-general, minority organizations and other specialized groups; quasi-public nonprofit institutions will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations apply.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit to the program a preliminary draft for response by program staff at least four weeks in advance of the application deadline.

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

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 Application forms and guidelines are available online ( and upon request 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.


August 27, 2008 and January 21, 2009 for planning and implementation for Interpreting America's Historic Places, America's Historical and Cultural Organizations, and America's Media Makers.


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 3 to 6 months.


None, but applicant may reapply.


Renewals may be granted and are processed as new applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies, but usually 6 months to 2 years. Funds must be obligated during the grant period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports are required at least annually but no more frequently than quarterly.

Cash reports are required quarterly.

Final progress and expenditure reports are due within 90 days after completion or termination of the project.


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 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $13,847,063*; FY 08 est $12,709,000; and FY 09 est $12,709,000. * Includes additional funding provided by NEH Treasury matching grants and by We the People. See 45.168 PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES-WE THE PEOPLE.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 06 from $10,000 to $800,000; $122,000.

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).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 426, Washington, DC 20506. Telephone: (202) 606-8269 Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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. As part of the We the People initiative, the division currently has two special initiatives: Family and Youth Programs in American History and America's Historic Places. See program guidelines for details.

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