#FundingFriday: 5 Government Grants in Arts, History, and Humanities

Federal government grants aren’t just for research, social services, and infrastructure, although those are important to our society.

Here are 5 grants in the arts, history, and humanities that are worth checking out. Some of these have application deadlines coming up in July and August!

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1. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – FY 2017 Art Works II

“Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them.

To deepen and extend the arts’ value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, are distinctive, and have the potential to be shared and/or emulated.

2. National Endowment for the Arts – Our Town FY 2017

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  1. Arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities
  2. Projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking.

3. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) – Public Engagement with Historical Records

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online.

NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

4. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects.

Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology.

5. National Endowment for the Humanities – Public Humanities Projects

These grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.

NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming.

For a complete list of all the latest federal government grants, go to the Search Grants tab of Grants.gov.

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