National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Public Programs
08/14/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt
Grants of up to $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and higher education institutions for the development of humanities-related media projects. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations at least two to six weeks before the deadline.
The Media Projects: Development Grants program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Awards should result in a script (for documentary film or television programs) or a detailed treatment (for radio programs or podcasts) and may also yield a plan for outreach and public engagement. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship.
Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that are supported must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.
The Division of Public Programs encourages media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education. The Division of Public Programs also supports media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.
All projects applying to the Media Projects program should:
- Build on sound humanities scholarship
- Deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions
- Approach a subject analytically, presenting a variety of perspectives
- Involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production
- Involve appropriate media professionals
- Employ appealing and accessible program formats that will actively engage the general public in learning
To be ready to apply for a Development Grant, you must already have settled on a subject, an approach, and a project team. In particular, you should have:
- Selected your humanities subject and assessed the major scholarship related to it
- Reached out to scholars and experts who work in the relevant subject area(s) to assemble a group of humanities advisers
- Consulted with the humanities advisers to clarify the interpretive ideas that the project will consider
- Formed a media team to see the project through its development period
- Considered how your content will appeal to public audiences and will convey what they should learn from the project
- Chosen the project’s format(s)
- Identified project resources (such as archival materials and potential interviewees)
Media Projects: Development Grants may support activities such as:
- Meetings with scholars
- Research and preliminary interviews (including scholarly research and development of humanities themes)
- Preparation of program treatments and/or scripts
- Production of a work-in-progress or trailer;
- Creation of partnerships for outreach activities and public engagement
For more information on film and television, and radio and podcast production project requirements, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/media-projects-development-aug-14-2019_1.pdf#page=4
For information on NIH areas of interest: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/media-projects-development-aug-14-2019_1.pdf#page=6
GrantWatch ID#: 178021
Estimated Number and Type of Award(s): 5 grants
Most awards are made for up to $40,000, with a maximum of $75,000 for complex projects that will reach national audiences.
Awards are usually made for a period of performance of six to twelve months.
May 1, 2020: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions, assistance, or to submit a draft proposal:
Division of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
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