Date: Thu, 22 Jun 1995 08:16:47 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: A Dumb Question about the NEH I lean so far to the left that I have trouble negotiating narrow doorways, but I don't fully see the disadvantages of transferring 80% of NEH funds to the state humanities agencies. At my institution, we have received money both from the Georgia Endowment for the Humanities (which is funded by the NEH) and from the NEH itself for various projects, and I thus have no prejudice against either agency in regard to funding possibilities. However, after a year of working with grants on a small scale, I have developed prejudices about working with state and federal agencies. The people from the GEH travel around the state and give little workshops on how to apply for funds. An interested party can call them and actually talk to someone who administers the program. My other limited experience with state agencies has also impressed me: they know who we are; if we have some trouble with the application process, the state senator across the street can call for us; we can check out the possibilities for funding before we go through the trouble of filling out mounds of paper. The NEH Fellowship application is a minimal affair, but the other federal applications I have seen are nightmares. Just the mailing directions take up a two-column page or more! Calling for information is also difficult and expensive if you don't already know the right person to call on the right day. I can see that a major project like DARE would be a horrible drain on a specific state allocation (and therefore might not get funded), but from where I sit (in a small college in the middle of nowhere), I can see many perhaps selfish advantages in having money available at the state level. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]