Projects Begin: May 07

18-22 awards from $2M total

Joint Program of NEH/NSF/Smithsonian Institution that supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages.  Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used human languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology.  Funding will support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for up to twelve months.  At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork.


IV. Challenge Grants

Fellowship/Grant

Application Deadline

Award Amount

 Program Description

For complete guidelines see http://www.neh.gov/grants/grantsbydivision.html

Challenge Grants

May 1, 2006

November 1, 2006

$30,000-$1,000,000

on a 1:3 match

(must raise 3 times the challenge grant amount)

NEH challenge grants help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Challenge grant funds should not merely replace funds already being expended on the humanities, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to strengthen and enhance the institution's activities in and commitment to the humanities.

Institutions may use the income from invested funds to meet ongoing humanities-related costs. Examples include:

  • faculty and staff positions,
  • fellowships,
  • lecture or exhibition series,
  • visiting scholars or consultants,
  • publishing subventions,
  • maintenance of facilities,
  • faculty and staff development,
  • acquisitions, and
  • preservation/conservation programs.

Challenge grant funds can be used for fundraising costs totaling no more than 10% of grant funds; and as bridging support, where the challenge grant provides for endowment income to meet the same expenses in the future. Bridging funds up to the equivalent amount of projected endowment income may be used to cover expenses during the grant period, while the endowment is being established.

Challenge grant funds cannot be used for:

  • direct expenditures for operations or programs,
  • recovery of indirect costs,
  • awards or stipends for students below the graduate level, or
  • support for short-term projects eligible for grants from other NEH programs.

We the People

Challenge Grants

February 1, 2007

$300,000 to

$1,000,000 on 1:3 match

As part of its We the People initiative, NEH invites proposals for challenge grants designed to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for humanities activities focused on exploring significant themes and events in American history. NEH is particularly interested in projects that advance knowledge of the founding principles of the United States in their full historical and institutional context. We the People challenge grant funds should not merely replace funds already being expended on the humanities, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to improve and strengthen the institution's activities in and commitment to the teaching, studying, and understanding of our nation's history, institutions, and culture. Grants may be used to support construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, acquisitions, and conservation of collections; and to establish or enhance endowments that generate income for such program activities as faculty and staff positions, fellowships, lecture or exhibition series, visiting scholars, publishing subventions, consultants, maintenance of facilities, faculty development, acquisitions, and preservation.

V. Public Programs

Fellowship/Grant

Application Deadline

Award Amount

 Program Description

For complete guidelines see http://www.neh.gov/grants/grantsbydivision.html

Consultation Grants for Museums, Libraries, and Special Projects

September 12, 2006

Projects Begin: April 2007

$10,000 for six-twelve months

Grants support the development of new public humanities project or chart a new interpretive direction of an existing program. They support the costs of conferring with a team of advisors to help identify key humanities themes and questions during the early stages of a project's development. Public humanities programs promote lifelong learning for broad public audiences in fields such as history, literature, comparative religion, and philosophy, and other fields of the humanities.   Grants can be used for meeting with advisors, program partners, and representatives of target audiences or other groups involved in the project, including reasonable costs associated with these consultation activities (e.g., honoraria, long-distance telephone charges, special research, etc); traveling to relevant collections or sites to learn from other similar projects and consult with advisors; identifying advisors and other collaborating organizations for subsequent stages of the project; developing a preliminary plan for the format and design of a project; or conducting preliminary audience evaluation.

Implementation for Special Projects

February 5, 2007

Projects Begin: Oct 2007

Up to $300,000 for 24-36 months

Grants support a variety of public humanities program formats, including public discussion forums, hands-on learning experiences, discussion series based on reading or film-viewing, multi-faceted conferences, or symposia. Small exhibitions or interpretive publications might serve as common texts for such programs. Special Projects may take place at diverse venues. The audiences might be the general public or non-academic group.  Support is available for final consultation with scholars or other advisers; exhibition fabrication; website development; companion publication costs; publicity and promotional expenses; presentation and distribution of public programs and related materials; and audience evaluation

Planning Grants for Museums, Libraries, and Special Projects

September 12, 2006

Projects Begin: May 2007

Up to $40,000 for about 12 months

Planning Grants are used to refine the content and interpretive approach of projects prior to implementation. Public humanities programs promote lifelong learning in history, literature, comparative religion, philosophy, and other fields of the humanities for broad public audiences. Planning grants support all activities connected with project planning, including: meetings with advisers, program partners, and representatives of target audiences or other groups involved in the project; preliminary audience evaluation; travel to collections, sites, or to other resources; drafting of text for labels, exhibitions, brochures, publications, or other interpretive materials; design of the preliminary exhibitions and/or website; and general preparation of the associated programs and materials for dissemination.