Landmarks of American History and Culture Program for U.S. Nonprofit Organizations

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for the Landmarks of American History and Culture program. The purpose of this program is to support a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators across the nation to enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level.

Donor Name: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Country: United States

State: All States

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/22/2022

Size of the Grant: $190,000

Grant Duration: 2 Years


Landmarks of American History and Culture projects (Landmarks projects) situate the study of topics and themes in K-12 humanities within sites, areas, or regions of historic and cultural significance in order to expand participants’ knowledge of and approaches to teaching about diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives in the United States and its jurisdictions.

Landmarks supports a series of one-week residential, virtual, and combined format projects across the nation to enhance and strengthen how K-12 educators incorporate place-based teaching and learning in the humanities. Landmarks projects offer participants:

  • enhanced knowledge of content through humanistic inquiry, experiential learning, discussions, readings, lectures, and multimedia presentations
  • a variety of place-based learning activities, including, but not limited to, visits to museums, libraries, archives, monuments, memorials, national parks, historic homes and buildings, walking tours, and public performances
  • access to essential source materials, including primary texts, documents, oral histories, artifacts, archival resources, and digital media materials
  • a community of inquiry that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas
  • opportunities to examine and design implementation strategies; work with digital resources and tools that emphasize place-based teaching, learning, and research in the humanities; and collaborate on the creation of K-12 curricular materials
  • a team of humanities scholars, including faculty with significant K-12 experience, who contribute to all phases of the program

Landmarks projects examine a range of topics, include multiple place types, and take a variety of forms. They may support activities such as, but not limited to:

  • interpreting monuments, markers, and memorials erected across the country to consider how events, eras, individuals, and/or groups are commemorated, remembered, and engaged with at national, regional, and local levels
  • in-person and/or virtual exploration of physical, natural, and/or cultural landscapes while studying art history, literature, environmental humanities, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, and other related fields
  • engagement with materials and presenters at archives, museums, and historic sites when studying the events and legacies of America’s conflicts
  • in-person and/or virtual site visits combined with presentations by invited speakers and work with interactive digital resources to study the places, perspectives, and legacies of American history and culture.

Funding Information

  • You may request up to $190,000. NEH estimates funding 13 recipients, a total of corresponding to approximately $2,500,000 in FY 2022.
  • The period of performance is 24 months, with a start date of October 1, 2022, and an end date of September 30, 2024.

Eligible Applicants

  • 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.
  • An eligible entity may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. The lead applicant would be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.
  • Eligible applicants acting as fiscal agents or fiscal sponsors may not apply on behalf of ineligible applicants.
  • Individuals, foreign, and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Participant Eligibility

  • Landmarks projects are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home schooling educators. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—such as, but not limited to, administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum supervisors—are also eligible to participate.
  • Participants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate. Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks project whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an instructor or academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Landmarks project attended by the applicant.
  • Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks program if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency. The OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) contained in 2 CFR Parts 180 and 3369 apply to this award. The recipient must comply, and must require subrecipients to comply, with Subpart C of these regulations.

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