America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations – Planning Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities
Amount: $40,000 to $75,000
Deadline January 9, 2013 (for Projects Beginning August 2013)
America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, and audience evaluation.
NEH encourages audience evaluation throughout all stages of a project and requires it for implementation grants.
For planning grants, early audience evaluation is encouraged but not required. Evaluation could include testing of the project’s concept, approach, and key components.
Grants support the following formats:
- exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues;
- interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions;
- book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues;
- interpretive websites;
- mobile tours
Awards for planning typically range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project, and are usually made for a period of twelve months. Basic planning grants of up to $40,000 are available for projects that include collaboration with scholars to refine humanities content, undertake archival research, and conduct preliminary object research.
Awards up to $75,000 are available for the planning of exceptionally ambitious exhibitions, and for more complex projects with the potential to reach extremely wide audiences through any of the following:
- collaboration with multiple institutional partners;
- a wide-ranging combination of diverse formats (for example, exhibitions, book/film discussion programs, digital formats, lecture series, symposia, neighborhood tours, curriculum guides, publications, and broadcast media); or
- programming at a large number of venues.
Any U.S. nonprofit organization with IRS tax-exempt status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public, school, academic, and research libraries; museums; disciplinary and professional associations; cultural institutions; state humanities councils; and institutions of higher learning. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Cost sharing consists of the cash contributions made to a project by the applicant, third parties, and other federal agencies, as well as third party in-kind contributions, such as donated services and goods. Cost sharing also includes nonfederal gift money raised to release federal matching funds. Although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, grants in this program cover no more than 50- 60 percent of project costs.
Application advice and proposal drafts
Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers, who can answer questions about the review process, supply samples of funded applications (in addition to the samples available on the program resource page), and review preliminary drafts. NEH recommends that drafts be submitted at least six weeks before the deadline, so that staff will have adequate time to respond. A response cannot be guaranteed if drafts arrive after this date. Staff comments are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but previous applicants have found them helpful in strengthening their applications. Drafts should not be submitted via Grants.gov, but should instead be sent as attachments to email@example.com.
For more information contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a complete copy of the Application Guidelines, please go to: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/americas-historical-and-cultural-organizations-planning-grants