New NEH Grants Support Humanities Work

On August 20, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $29 million to 215 projects located throughout the U.S. These include grants for collaborative research, public scholar fellowships, and scholarly editions and translations; funding for media projects, exhibitions, humanities discussions, and historic site interpretations; grants for the national digital newspaper program and collection preservation; professional development programs for K-12 and college educators; and digital humanities projects and institutes.

These grants represent continuing support for the NEH’s long term priorities while bringing many new grantees into the fold:

  • Funding for 39 professional development programs for K-12 teachers, covering such topics “Beyond the Mayflower: New Voices From Early America, 1500–1676” and “Harlem’s Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative.” Nine programs for college faculty will likewise cover a range of topics, including “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press.”
  • Support for 11 media projects, including a three-part documentary history of Alaska and a series of 26 animated short films on Progressive-era women who made history.
  • Support for humanities discussions, including a year-long series of discussions and series of podcasts aimed at exploring the African American experience in Appalachia through storytelling.
  • Funding for 11 digital newspaper projects—part of the NEH and Library of Congress’s Chronicling America program—that will make more than 1 million pages of historical American newspapers available online. In addition to supporting ongoing projects, the grants will initiate projects to digitize newspapers from Wyoming, Rhode Island, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To explore digitized newspapers using our interactive map, visit
  • Forty-five preservation assistance grants that will support conservation efforts at small and mid-sized institutions. One grant, to the Hula Preservation Society, will support a preservation assessment and recommendations for emergency planning. The organization holds more than 30,000 oral histories, photographs, scrapbooks, records, and other materials dating from the 1930s to the present that preserve the history of hula. 
  • Support for 15 authors writing intensively-researched nonfiction, including a history of Native Americans in the Great Plains and Rockies as told through the life of Sacagawea and a book on the 1960s thalidomide scandal.
  • Continued editing and publication of prominent Americans’ papers, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln.
  • Funding for the Perseus Digital Library that will integrate new reading tools to facilitate the study of ancient texts. Perseus Digital Library was among the NEH’s earliest digital humanities investments and for more than 25 years it has been an invaluable tool for scholars, students, and members of the general public.

Congratulations to all of the grant recipients!


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Thumbnail image: Image courtesy of Chronicling America.

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