National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Public Programs
08/14/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and institutes of higher education to support humanities-oriented media productions. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations at least two to six weeks before the deadline. Funding is intended to support the production and distribution of documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship.
Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects supported must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.
The Division of Public Programs encourages media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education. The Division of Public Programs also supports media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.
To be competitive, applicants must have clear central ideas and a solid command of the major humanities scholarship on their subject, and they must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to work out the intellectual issues that the program will explore. The scholars must represent major fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches.
All projects applying to the Media Projects program should:
- Build on sound humanities scholarship
- Deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions
- Approach a subject analytically, presenting a variety of perspectives
- Involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production
- Involve appropriate media professionals
- Employ appealing and accessible program formats that will actively engage the general public in learning
Types of Grants:
- Development grants ($40,000 to $75,000) enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Awards should result in a script (for documentary film and television programs) or detailed treatment(s) (for radio programs and podcasts). They may also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations. See the notice of funding opportunity for Media Projects: Development Grants.
- Production grants ($100,000 to $650,000) support the production and distribution of documentary films, television programs, radio programs, and podcasts.
- Chairman’s Special Awards (up to $1 million) are offered for projects of exceptional significance, audience reach, and complexity. A Chairman’s Special Award project should examine important humanities ideas in new ways and demonstrate the potential to reach especially large audiences.
For more information on these grant types, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/media-projects-production-aug-14-2019_0.pdf#page=5
For more information on film and television, and radio and podcast production project requirements, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/media-projects-production-aug-14-2019_0.pdf#page=4
For information on NIH areas of interest: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/media-projects-production-aug-14-2019_0.pdf#page=6
GrantWatch ID#: 178020
6; NEH typically awards no more than one Chairman’s Special Award per year.
Development Grants: $40,000 to $75,000
Production Grants: $100,000 to $650,000
Chairman’s Special Awards: up to $1,000,000
Period of Performance (Award Period): Twelve months to thirty-six months
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions, assistance, or to submit a draft proposal:
Grants for Media Projects
Division of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
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