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NEH Finalizes FY 2011 Spending Plan

June 2, 2011 - Under the 2011 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473) signed into law on April 15, NEH and other federal agencies were given wide discretion over funding levels for many programs. As required by a provision of the legislation, NEH submitted an operating plan to OMB and to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees detailing how the agency proposed to allocate the 2011 appropriation among its various programs and budget accounts.   The NEH has now finalized its plan, and released FY 2011 budget details (below). According to the agency, all regular grant competitions for 2011 are scheduled to continue as planned.  

NEH FY 2011 Operating Plan

By NEH Division/Office and Budget Line
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Bridging Cultures … $1,500,000
Education …$13,750,000
Fed/State … $42,450,000
Preservation … $16,500,000
Public … $15,000,000
Research … $16,250,000
Digital Humanities … $4,000,000
We the People … $3,219,000
Program Development … $500,000
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Subtotal-Definite Funds … $113,169,000

Challenge Grants … $9,471,000
Treasury Funds … $4,800,000
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Subtotal-Indefinite … $14,271,000

Administration … $27,250,000
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Total-NEH … $154,690,000

Source: NEH Office of Planning and Budget

The Full-Year Appropriations Act provided $155,000,000 for NEH for FY 2011. This amount was reduced by an across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent, resulting in a final budget level for NEH of $154,690,000. NEH funding for the current year represents a decrease of $12,810,000 (or about 7.6%) below the FY 2010 appropriation of $167,500,000. 

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