Promotion of the Humanities Professional Development

Seminars and Institutes promote better teaching and research in the humanities through faculty development.

Landmarks of American History and Culture promote better teaching of American history and culture through intensive, rigorous faculty and staff development workshops at historical sites,

colonial settlements, battlefields, artists' and writers' homes--while enabling the participants to gain experience in conveying the importance of historical places and while enhancing their teaching materials.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2014: (1) The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History: two one-week Landmarks workshops for seventy-two school teachers will examine race reform in a contested southern past.

Atlanta, destroyed in the Civil War, was rebuilt on the ashes of slavery as a New South city.

The project uses several Atlanta sites as touchstones for examining memorialization of the antebellum South and Civil War, the history of the ?color line,? race relations, and the Civil Rights movement in twentieth-century America.

(2) America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story: A three-week institute will bring thirty k-12 teachers together from across the country to learn more about the history of the Reconstruction period and how that history has been shaped by episodes emerging from the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.

(3) The Canon and Beyond: Teaching the History of Modern Design: A four week summer teaching institute designed to prepare a diverse group of college faculty to meet an increasing demand to teach courses on the topic.

The Institute is organized into three thematic units whose subjects address significant components of introductory courses in modern design history, from the early 19th century through the 1970s.

(4) The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts: Interpretation through Production: A four week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty will explore understandings of medieval manuscripts and their role in medieval culture.

Knowledge of medieval book production and the materiality of manuscripts has become all the more important as manuscript facsimiles are increasingly available online.

Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northern Arizona University $ 189,860   2022-10-012024-09-30
Wing Luke Memorial Foundation $ 188,320   2022-10-012024-09-30
Spring Hill College $ 188,165   2022-10-012024-09-30
Inclusion Zone, Inc. $ 190,000   2022-10-012024-09-30
University Of Texas At El Paso $ 189,791   2022-10-012024-09-30
Thomas County Historical Society, Inc. $ 186,921   2022-10-012024-09-30
Coast Community College District $ 130,642   2021-10-012023-12-31
Arizona State University $ 183,646   2020-10-012023-12-31
University Of Arizona $ 189,882   2021-10-012023-09-30
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 190,000   2021-10-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2014: 211 application were received and 69 grants awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants support Summer Seminars and Institutes, Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.

Awards support direct costs, including salaries, participant stipends, selection costs, travel, and supplies.

Projects should engage participants in deepening the knowledge of the subjects they teach and strengthen their capacity to engage students in substantive study of the humanities.

Projects that deal solely with pedagogical theory or that are intended to improve writing, speaking, or thinking skills apart from a focus on specific humanities content are not normally supported.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Distinguished scholar/teachers in the humanities may apply through a sponsoring institution to direct a seminar or institute for college teachers or school teachers.

For Landmarks in American History and Culture, the following may apply: 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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For Seminars and Institutes and Landmarks of American History and Culture--primarily K-12 or college teachers, depending on the particular project--as well as their colleagues and students.


For educational institutions, costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 and Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications to NEH must be submitted via Proposal instructions are available on line ( or from the headquarters office.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by subject area specialists, panels of scholars, and other appropriate individuals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after advice from the National Council on the Humanities.


Feb 24, 2015: To direct a seminar or institute during the summer of the following year.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 4 to 5 months; 6 weeks for participants in Seminars and Institutes, Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.


None, but director/applicant may request a critique of the proposal and reapply.


Applications for renewal must demonstrate a record of success and the potential to serve new audiences. These applications compete against new applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: 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


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are due quarterly.

A final narrative report and a final expenditures report are required within 90 days after completion or termination of the grant period.

In addition, reports are required from the scholars participating in the seminar assessing the value of the seminar for their professional development.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

No performance monitoring is required.


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. In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other Federal officials.


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



(Project Grants) FY 14 $10,854,340; FY 15 est $10,877,300; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - FY 11 obligations include additional funding provided by We the People. See 45.168 PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES-WE THE PEOPLE.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Guidelines are available online at or upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, 'Humanities' by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs 400 Seventh Street, SW Email:, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: Phone: (202) 606-8463.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In evaluating proposals, the following criteria apply: (1) Intellectual quality and significance; (2) Impact; (3) Feasibility. Applicants to Workshops, Seminars and Institutes selected to receive stipends are those who can derive the greatest benefit from participation in and who can make the greatest contribution to the program.

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