Big Wins for the Humanities in the FY 23 Omnibus

At the end of December, the FY 23 omnibus appropriations bill was passed by both the House and the Senate after several months of negotiations.

The bill included very significant wins for humanities advocates, including the largest yearly increase for the NEH in the agency’s history. The agency will receive $207 million, a $27 million increase over FY 22.

The package also included robust increases for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and NARA’s grant-giving arm, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). NARA’s budget increased by $39.21 million bringing the total to $427.52 million. NHPRC received $12 million, a $5 million increase. This is particularly welcome after years of little or no increase in NHPRC’s annual appropriations.

Additionally, both NARA and NHPRC were eligible for congressionally directed spending allocations, or earmarks. Under the two programs, Members of Congress directed a combined total of $37,022,500 to archival projects across the nation.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services also received a substantial $26.8 million increase bringing the agency’s overall budget to $294.8 million.

The bill included a more modest increase for the Department of Education’s international education programs Title VI and Fulbright-Hays. Title VI received $75.4 million, a $3.5 million increase, and Fulbright-Hays received $10.3 million, a $500,000 increase.

For more detailed information, please see our funding chart.

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