January 16, 2018

NEH Awards $12.8 Million for 253 Humanities Projects Nationwide

From the National Endowment for the Humanities:

 The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced the awarding of $12.8 million to support 253 humanities projects across the nation.

NEH grants will supplement private and public funding to underwrite a virtual exhibition of more than 90 pieces of New Deal art from the town of Gallup, New Mexico, the conservation of fragile books from the personal library of author C. S. Lewis, archival research for a book on the Nazi plunder of musical instruments and manuscripts during World War II, and hundreds of other vital projects.

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NEH grants will expand the range of humanities-based resources and educational opportunities in underserved communities and institutions. Funded projects include the documentation of Blackfeet language and storytelling traditions for use in liberal arts courses at Blackfeet Community College in Montana, as well as the extension of an award-winning national family literacy program, Prime Time Family Reading, into Kentucky public schools.

NEH continues to support the use of cutting-edge tools and technologies in humanities research and innovative digital projects for public audiences. Grants announced today will enable production of an educational digital game for middle and high school students that explores the history of the ratification of the United States Constitution, and will fund the creation of an interactive mobile app that incorporates archival footage, maps, music, and interviews with historians to examine the impact of Reconstruction in South Carolina. Other grants will provide for the development of a video-based web platform allowing scholars to publish papers in sign language, and a new tool that uses digital analysis of architectural floor plans to show how Frank Lloyd Wright’s structures changed over time.

Local community digitization projects will preserve historic materials held by the congregations of African-American churches in Georgia and German-American heritage items from residents of 17 rural counties in Missouri. NEH On the Road grants will bring NEH-funded art exhibitions to small institutions in North Dakota, South Carolina, and Wyoming.

NEH funding also helps preserve important objects and collections representing America’s cultural heritage. A grant to researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois will enable development of conservation tools to monitor and prevent deterioration of oil paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe. The 76 NEH Preservation Assistance Grants awarded today will help the Knoxville Jewish Alliance protect archives documenting the history of Jewish culture in the South and will preserve the nation’s maritime past at the State University of New York, Maritime College.

Direct to List of All Grants and Recipients (by State)

Grants were awarded in the following categories:

Awards for Faculty Support advanced research in the humanities by teachers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

13 grants, totaling $588,000

Common Heritage Grants Preserve and make accessible materials important to family and community histories by supporting digitization events and public programming at local cultural organizations.

23 grants, totaling $268,011

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Support the implementation of innovative digital humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field.

13 grants, totaling $1.6 million

Digital Projects for the Public Grants   Support projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas.
8 grants, totaling $1 million
Fellowships Support college and university teachers and independent scholars pursuing advanced research.
74 grants, totaling $3.5 million
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan A joint activity of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and NEH. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international relations, and U.S.–Japan relations.
3 grants, totaling $126,000
Humanities Access Grants Support outstanding cultural programs for young people, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations. Humanities Access Grants require a dollar-for-dollar match with nonfederal funds.
17 grants, totaling $1.3 million
Humanities Initiatives Grants Support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
11 grants, totaling $1 million
NEH On the Road Bring NEH-funded traveling exhibitions to small and mid-sized museums across the country
3 grants, totaling $3,000
Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants   Support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.
5 grants, totaling $1.2 million
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions Help institutions—particularly small and mid-sized institutions—improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections, including special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine arts, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects.
76 grants, totaling $441,054
Preservation Education and Training Grants Help the staff of cultural institutions obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to recent improvements in preservation and access practices.
7 grants, totaling $1.6 million
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Support the implementation of innovative digital humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field.

13 grants, totaling $1.6 million

Direct to List of All Grants and Recipients (by State)
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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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