What does a meeting look like?
Hill meetings are most successful when treated like conversations. Often you will meet with a Member of Congress’ staffer, though you may also get a chance to speak with the Members themselves. The documents below can help you prepare for your meetings. Most are updated on a yearly basis.
The Advocacy Guide offers an overview of how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up after meetings on the Hill. It also offers a brief overview of each of our funding priorities.
Our sample scripts give a general sense of how Hill meetings progress, some of the arguments you might make on behalf of humanities funding, and how to pivot to an "ask." Don't feel the need to stick to these scripts—the best Hill meetings generally involve organic conversation.
What are we advocating for?
We ask our advocates to discuss federal funding for several key humanities agencies and programs. You can find more information about each of these priorities below. While our priorities stay the same from year to year, our funding asks change with each fiscal year. These documents are updated on a yearly basis to reflect those changes.
Our Humanities Policy Priority booklet offers detailed information about our funding priorities. It is also intended as a handout for congressional offices—we encourage you to share the link provided here using the chat function during your meetings.
Our Member Profiles offer detailed information about many Members of Congress—biographical information, relevant committees and caucuses, indicators of past support, and talking points—related to the policy priorities detailed above. If you do not see your Member included, please contact Alex Klein ([email protected]) for more information.
How do I make the case?
One of the keys to a successful meeting is learning ahead of time about the impact of federal funding for the humanities in your state and congressional district. Below you will find tools to help you prepare.
We’ve developed NEHforAll.org to aggregate information on NEH’s national impacts, the geographic reach of NEH programs and initiatives, and individual profiles that highlight how NEH funding affects local communities.