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NEH: 2023 Public Humanities Projects Program


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for the Public Humanities Projects program.

Donor Name: National Endowment for the Humanities

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 08/09/2023

Size of the Grant: $1,000,000

Grant Duration: 48 months


This program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person, hybrid, or virtual programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.


NEH encourages applications from small and mid-sized organizations. NEH likewise welcomes humanities projects tailored to specific groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students in informal educational settings), underserved communities, and veterans.

Program categories

This program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions.

  • Exhibitions
    • The Exhibitions category supports the creation of permanent exhibitions (on view for at least three years), single-site temporary exhibitions (open to the public for a minimum of two months), and traveling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).
  • Historic Places
    • The Historic Places category supports long-term interpretive programs for historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions that are intended to be presented to the public for at least three years. Such projects might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.
  • Humanities Discussions
    • The Humanities Discussions category supports series of public programs related to your organization’s humanities focus and resources, such as symposiums, lecture series, reading and discussion programs, analytical discussions of museum collections or theater/musical performances, lifelong learning programs, or other methods of face-to-face audience engagement or informal education. The proposed series must include at least ten in-person, virtual, or hybrid programs and occur over a period of three months to two years.

Funding Information

  • You may request up to $75,000 for Planning or $50,000 to $400,000 for Implementation. This includes the sum of direct and indirect costs. Funding levels for specific information and project-specific limitations.
  • In rare circumstances, NEH may make Chair’s Special Awards of up to $1,000,000 for Implementation projects that will reach an exceptionally large audience.
  • In addition, if you are applying at the Implementation level, you may request an additional $50,000 or $100,000 for a Position in Public Humanities.
  • NEH will award successful applicants outright funds, which are not contingent on additional funding from other sources.
  • NEH anticipates awarding approximately $2,735,000 among an estimated 20 recipients per deadline.
  • Period of Performance: The period of performance is up to 24 months for Planning projects and 12 to 48 months for Implementation projects.

Eligible Projects

Public Humanities Projects awards support projects aimed at reaching broad and diverse public audiences in non-classroom settings in the United States. Projects should engage with humanities ideas and present analysis in formats designed to engage a wide range of audiences.

Eligible Activities

Awards may support activities such as:

  • meetings with humanities scholars and other content advisers, program partners, audience representatives, and consultants (e.g., education and public program specialists; historic site, interpretive, or cultural tourism experts; writers; media producers; or digital designers)
  • research including travel to archives, collections, sites, or other resources development and production of program or discussion guides, exhibition labels, brochures, digital assets, publications, or other interpretive material
  • design of the interpretive formats
  • planning and presentation of public programs and related publicity
  • evaluation of the project’s impact
  • planning and conducting project-specific training for docents, discussion coordinators, or other interpretive leaders
  • development, production, and publication of curriculum guides, catalogs, and other materials for teachers and students
  • exhibition design and fabrication, crating, and shipping
  • conservation treatments of objects, not to exceed 15% of the award
  • development and construction of interactive components
  • publicity expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • County governments
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • State governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments.

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