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NEH Announces Creating Humanities Communities Grants

November 7, 2016
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NEH Announces New Humanities Grants
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The National Endowment for the Humanities is encouraging partnerships through a new grant program.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced Creating Humanities Communities, a new grant that supports grassroots humanities programs by encouraging partnerships and collaborations between multiple institutions or organizations in a town, county, region or area. NEH hopes that the relationships built and strengthened through Creating Humanities Communities will lead to increases and improvements in humanities infrastructure for years to come, even beyond the initial activities funded by these grants.

“All Americans, no matter where they live, should be able to benefit from the power of the humanities,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “Through this new grant program, the National Endowment for the Humanities will stimulate the humanities in communities that have received less support in the past. The Endowment is particularly reaching out to Native American groups and tribal governments with this new grant.”
Creating Humanities Communities grants are available only to states and territories designated as “incentive areas.” These are the twenty states and four territories that received the least funding through competitively awarded NEH grants in the previous fiscal year. This year’s incentive areas are: 
  • Alabama 
  • Alaska 
  • Arkansas 
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota 
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island 
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota 
  • Utah
  • Vermont 
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
  • Northern Marina Islands
Institutions and organizations from incentive areas may apply for matching grants of $30,000, $60,000, $90,000 or $150,000 over three years. Each $1 of NEH grant support awarded must be matched by $1 in nonfederal third-party funds. Learn more about Creating Humanities Communities budgets and how matching grants work.
“This grant is a great opportunity for small organizations to join forces and create new projects that will benefit communities in a significant way. NEH staff is eager to talk to prospective applicants at every stage in the process. Call us, write to us, we’re here to help you,” urged Katja Zelljadt, Director of the Office of Challenge Grants.
View the application guidelines for Creating Humanities Communities. The application deadline for the inaugural round of grants is Feb. 15, 2017. 
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