Policy Areas

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1965. As one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, NEH provides critical support for research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities through grants to a wide range of educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and individual scholars nationwide. [1]  

Institute of Museum & Library Services


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. In addition to grant making, IMLS provides critical leadership to the museum and library communities through support for research and policy development. Its Office of Museum Services (OMS) awards grants to museums to support educating students, preserving collections, coordinating resources, and digitizing collections.  IMLS also administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which consolidates federal library programs while expanding services for learning and access to information resources. [2] 


Department of Education International Education Programs: Title VI/Fulbright-Hays


The U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Studies Education (IFLE) programs, including HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs, form the vital infrastructure of the federal government's investment in the international service pipeline. The 14 IFLE programs support comprehensive language and area study centers, international business centers, and language resource centers within the United States; research and curriculum development; opportunities for American students and scholars to study abroad; and activities to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in international service. Administrative responsibility for these programs falls under the Office of Postsecondary Education. [3] 

Library of Congress


The Library of Congress (LOC) is the largest and most comprehensive legislative and national library in the world. Created and sustained by Congress for 213 years, through every period of the nation’s history, the Library of Congress is America’s oldest federal cultural institution. It stands as both a symbol and a working institution of fundamental importance for our knowledge-based democracy – preserving and making available vital resources for scholars, educators, students, policymakers and individual citizens. [4] 


National Historical Publications & Records Commission


The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), commonly referred to as the "grant-making" arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), was established by Congress in 1934, along with NARA, to promote the preservation and use of the American documentary record.  NHPRC grants support a wide range of activities to preserve and increase access to historical records and to publish, in print and electronically, the papers of significant figures and themes relating to the history of the United States. [5] 

Other Policy Areas

In addition to federal funding, the National Humanities Alliance monitors and takes action on a wide range of policy areas, including humanities data, scholarly communication, government information, freedom of expression, and regulatory issues. 

[1]: See www.neh.gov for more information on the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

[2]: See www.imls.gov for more information on the Institute of Museum & Library Services. 

[3]: See http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/iegps/index.html for more information on the Department of Education's international education programs. 

[4]: See www.loc.gov for more information on the Library of Congress. 

[5]: See www.archives.gov/nhprc/ for more information on the National Historical Publications & Records Commission.