Federal Advocacy

NHA advocates for federal funding for a range of humanities programs and agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Education’s international education programs (Title VI and Fulbright-Hays), and the National Archives. There are many ways to take part in this advocacy.

Action Alerts

When we determine that a high volume of letters from constituents has the potential to influence Congress, we launch an action alert. In addition to providing background information on the policy issue, we provide a way to send messages to Members of Congress with just a few clicks.

Click here to see current action alerts:

NEH     International Ed     NARA

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Meet with Members of Congress

Every March, we host Humanities Advocacy Day, when state-based delegations meet with their Members of Congress and/or staff. 

Learn More About Humanities Advocacy Day

We also arrange meetings with Members of Congress and their staff year-round—both on Capitol Hill and in-district. Our advocacy guides support you in preparing for and following up on meetings. 

Capitol Hill Advocacy Guide

In-District Advocacy Guide

Interested in convening representatives from a range of humanities organizations and higher ed institutions to showcase the broad impact of the humanities? NHA would be happy to help. Let us know by contacting Beatrice Gurwitz, [email protected]

Case-Making Resources

Prepare for a meeting with a Member of Congress by learning more about federal funding for the humanities and the impact of that funding. 

Each year, we issue a policy priorities document outlining our funding requests across a range of federal programs and agencies.

Policy Priorities Booklet

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.

NEH for All

The databases of NEH and Title VI grants, meanwhile, will help you bolster your arguments with examples from your district.

Find NEH Grants    Find Title VI Grants