Promotion of the Humanities Federal/State Partnership

To promote local, statewide, and regional humanities programming through annual grants to humanities councils in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

The 56 councils conduct humanities
projects and grant programs for local nonprofit organizations, institutions, and groups, and occasionally for individuals.

Under the provisions of 20 U.S.C.

956(f)(8), only one entity in each State may receive assistance from NEH as the State humanities council.

Agency - National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Regional Agency Offices.

Located in each State.

Addresses available from National Endowment for the Humanities.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Michigan Humanities Council $ 160,601   2019-11-012024-10-31
Indiana Humanities Council, Inc. $ 128,871   2019-11-012024-10-31
New York Council For The Humanities $ 233,726   2019-11-012024-10-31
Pennsylvania Humanities Council $ 180,325   2019-11-012024-10-31
New Jersey Council For The Humanities $ 148,068   2019-11-012024-10-31
Massachusetts Foundation For Humanities And Public Policy $ 130,888   2019-11-012024-10-31
California Humanities $ 349,850   2019-11-012024-10-31
Humanities Texas $ 242,551   2019-11-012024-10-31
Florida Humanities Council $ 204,937   2019-11-012024-10-31
Humanities Tennessee $ 127,308   2019-11-012024-10-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year 2016: Support for the programs and operations of 56 state humanities councils made possible more than 42,000 high quality state and local humanities projects throughout the nation that reached an audience of more than 322,775,000, including 12,000 reading and discussion programs, 1,875 exhibitions, 3,300 literacy programs, 3,300 speakers bureau presentations, 2,325 teacher institutes and workshops, 4,125 conferences, 1,200 Chautauqua events, 9,750 media program events, 1,200 technology projects, 560 preservation projects and 4,050 local history projects. Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal Year 2017: Support for the programs and operations of 56 state humanities councils made possible 43,500 high quality state and local humanities projects throughout the nation that reached an audience of more than 325,000,000, including 12,240 reading and discussion programs, 1,910 exhibitions, 3,375 literacy programs, 3,375 speakers bureau presentations, 2,400 teacher institutes and workshops, 4,200 conferences and symposia, 1,235 Chautauqua events, 9,750 media program events, 1,250 technology projects, 570 preservation projects and 4,125 local history projects. Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used to fund local, statewide, and regional humanities projects, subject to guidelines determined by each State humanities council.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit citizen councils in the several States and territories which conform to the requirements of 20 U.S.C.

956(f).

If the State matches a certain percentage of the Federal grant and meets other legislated requirements, the Governor may designate the existing Council as a State agency.

The resulting agency becomes an eligible applicant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments; sponsored organizations; public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; other public institutions/organizations; Federally recognized Indian tribal governments; Native American organizations; U.S. Territories; non-government general; minority organizations; other specialized groups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions which apply directly to the State Humanities Council.

Credentials/Documentation

Submission of an annual compliance plan and a self-assessment every five years from the council. Compliance requirements are outlined in 20 U.S.C. 956(f). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 as amended for nonprofit organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Filing of a compliance plan is required from all councils annually and a self-assessment every five years

Award Procedures

Compliance plans are reviewed by Federal/State Partnership staff. Self-assessments are reviewed by teams of visiting scholars and other professionals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after recommendation by the National Council on the Humanities.

Deadlines

Jun 01, 2017 Sept 01, 2017 for annual compliance plans. Timetable for submission of self-assessment material is flexible.

Authorization

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days. Variable: Six months.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: As established by the Congressional funding formula, each State council receives $200,000 of the definite funds appropriated to Federal/State Partnership. Of the remaining funds, 44 percent is divided equally among the States which have a population of 200,000 or more, 22 percent is allocated to each council on the basis of population, and 34 percent is awarded at the discretion of the Chairman of the agency. Total matching of the grant on a one-to-one basis is required. Source: 20 U.S.C. 956 (f)(4). This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Thirty-six months. Funds must be expended during the grant period. Funds are released as required. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Compliance plans are required annually.

A cash report is required quarterly.

No progress reports are required.

An expenditure report is required quarterly and a final expenditure report is due within 90 days after completion or termination of project support by NEH.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 'Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Nonprofit Organizations.' have been mandated for the program. In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other Federal officials.

Records

Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained for 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

59-0200-0-1-503.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $43,014,272; FY 17 est $46,113,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Awaiting final FY18 Appropriatio) - FY '16 obligations include additional funding provided by NEH Treasury matching grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2016 the range of assistance was $331,490 to $2,206,170. Average was $788,438.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

445 CFR 1100 and 1105. Information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and program guidelines are available online at http://www.neh.gov/ or upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, 'Humanities' by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign). Addresses and phone numbers for the 56 State humanities councils are available from Federal/State Partnership, NEH, Washington, DC 20506, and from the NEH web site, http://www.neh.gov/about/state-humanities-councils.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Located in each State. Addresses available from National Endowment for the Humanities.

Headquarters Office

Federal/State Partnership, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 Seventh St, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: fedstate@neh.gov Phone: (202) 606-8254.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Each State council sets its own guidelines and criteria for assessing proposals, which are widely disseminated within the State. The criteria for State council funding from NEH are established in the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. Section 950, 956, and by the NEH Federal/State Partnership.



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