Resources for Advocates

NHA’s Four Arguments for the Value of the Humanities


Quick Humanities Funding Overview [we can use Federal Funding Priorities à summary .pdf as the base, but then include talking points on each program, try to make it quick and bullet pointed. Present background and purpose, current funding, and arguments.)


In-depth Look at Humanities Budget Priorities

  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Historical Publications & Records Commission
  • International Education Programs
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services
  • Library of Congress
  • Minerva Research Initiative


Congressional Caucuses


Two caucuses represent the humanities in the US Congress. A caucus is an informal group of members who share similar legislative or policy interests, and membership in these caucuses is a strong indicator of support for the humanities, including adequate funding for the NEH. You can read more about these caucuses and see if your Representative and Senators are members below:

Congressional Humanities Caucus

Since 2009, Rep. David Price (D-NC) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) co-chair the Congressional Humanities Caucus. The caucus was founded in 2004 by form Rep. Jim Leach and Rep. David Price to ensure the vitality of the humanities in American life and to provide a forum for Members of Congress to engage in the humanities in current public policy issues. Members of the caucus work together to strengthen the nation’s awareness of history, literature, languages, philosophy, ethics, religion, anthropology, government, linguistics, and other humanities disciplines.

Roster of Congressional Humanities Caucus Members (2013)

Senate Cultural Caucus

Since 2010, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co-chair the Senate Cultural Caucus. Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), James Jeffords (I-VT), and Norm Coleman (R-MN) formed the Senate Cultural Caucus in 2005. The membership of this caucus represents advocates of both the arts and the humanities.    

Roster of Senate Cultural Caucus Members (2013)