July 30, 2011 — This week, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $40 million in grants for 249 humanities projects. This award cycle, institutions and independent scholars in 45 states and D.C. will receive funding. The grants will support a variety of projects, including collaborative research, the digitization of historic newspapers, professional development for teachers and community college faculty, scholarly editions and translations, the creation of new digital tools, the production and development of radio and television programs, and conservation programs at museums and archives.
This funding cycle marks the first grant awards offered through a new NEH special initiative: Challenge Grants for Two-Year Colleges, which aim to strengthen humanities programs at community colleges, encourage the development of model programs and curricula, and broaden the base of financial support for the humanities on two-year college campuses. Capacity-building humanities grants under this new initiative must be matched 2-1 by nonfederal funds.
“NEH is honored to support some of the most outstanding research of our day,” said Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in an agency press release. “From expanding the curricula on community college campuses to forging international scholarly partnerships, the NEH grants awarded today promote new areas of research, and make the breadth of human experience more understandable and knowledge more accessible than ever.”
In this cycle, grants were awarded in the following categories:
Additional information about the grants is available on the NEH website.