Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 08:47:59 -0500

From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: National Endowment for the Humanities

Those of us in the U.S. know that NEH has taken a major hit in funding,

which will have a major effect on possibilities for grants. So although I had

promised no further lengthy NEH announcements, I think this is worth an

exception. (Reminder: if you would like to be on the short list for long NEH

funding news, send me a private message.) - Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]


November 1995

Major Restructuring

at the

National Endowment for the Humanities

Effective December 4, 1995, the National Endowment for the Humanities

(NEH) will be redesigned to create a leaner, more focused, and flexible

agency in order to adjust to a 1996 budget reduction of almost forty


With the reconfiguration, NEH will give greater support to the activities

that best meet its guiding tenets: Activities

--that are best done at the national level;

--that have long-term impact;

--that have few other sources of support;

--that strengthen the institutional base of the humanities; and

--that reach broad sectors of the American public.

The Endowment will focus on the following areas:

* Supporting original scholarship

* Preserving the American cultural heritage

* Providing learning opportunities for the nation's teachers

* Engaging the American public in the humanities.

Structurally, the NEH will consist of three divisions containing a total

of seven programs, and a separate office to administer challenge grants.

Following are brief descriptions of the programs (by division) with

contact information. Application deadline dates through September 1996

are contained in the Summary of NEH Programs.

Division of Preservation and Access

One program with one set of guidelines and one funding cycle,

encompassing the following:

* Preservation and access projects (which will include support for

education and training, regional field service programs, and

research and demonstration projects), the stabilization and

documentation of material culture collections, and the U.S.

newspaper program.

Phone: 202/606-8570

Email: preservation[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Division of Public Programs and Enterprise

Two programs with one set of guidelines and two funding cycles


* Public Programs: planning and implementation of public humanities

activities, including museum exhibitions, library exhibitions and

programs, and radio and television programs.

* Enterprise: special initiatives, partnerships with other agencies

and the private sector, trans-divisional projects, and other


Phone: 202/606-8267

Email: publicpgms[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Division of Research and Education

Four programs, each with its corresponding set of guidelines and funding

cycles, encompassing the following:

* Seminars and Institutes: summer seminars and institutes for higher

education faculty and school teachers.

* Education Development and Demonstration: materials and model

curricula with related professional development and trial

implementation; e.g., teaching with technology.

* Fellowships and Stipends: fellowships for university teachers,

colleges teachers, and independent scholars; summer stipends; and

HBCU faculty graduate study.

* Research: editions, translations, basic research, archaeology,

humanities study of science and technology, centers, international

programs, and conferences.

Phone: 202/606-8373

Email: education[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

The NEH Office of Challenge Grants will continue to function in its

present form, offering support for educational, scholarly, preservation,

and public programs in the humanities. Grantees will be required to

raise three or four dollars for every dollar they receive from NEH.

Phone: 202/606-8309

Email: challenge[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Public and educational programming will also continue under the energetic

direction of the fifty-six state humanities councils. For information,

contact the NEH Federal-State Partnership office.

Phone: 202/606-8254

Email: fedstate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Summary of NEH Programs

Division of Preservation and Access Deadline

* Preservation and Access Projects; July 1, 1996

Stabilization of Material Culture

Collections; U.S. Newspaper Program

Contact: 202/606-8570;

preservation[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Division of Public Programs and Enterprise

* Museums/Historical Orgns; Libraries/ January 12, 1996

Archives; Media (Radio/Television)

* Enterprise January 12, 1996

Includes the National Conversation

on American Pluralism and Identity

Special Competition November 24, 1995

Contact: 202/606-8267;


Division of Research and Education

* Seminars and Institutes:

National Summer Institutes

--for Higher Education Faculty February 1, 1996

--for School Teachers February 1, 1996

Summer Seminars for College Teachers

--Participants (summer of 1996) March 1, 1996

--Directors (summer of 1997) March 1, 1996

Summer Seminars for School Teachers

--Participants (summer of 1996) March 1, 1996

--Directors (summer of 1997) March 1, 1996

* Education Development and Demonstration:

Humanities Focus Grants

--in Higher Education January 15, 1996

September 15, 1996

--in Elementary/Secondary Education January 15, 1996

Sept. 15, 1996

Technology Initiative To Be Announced

* Fellowships and Stipends:


--for University Teachers May 1, 1996

--for College Teachers and

Independent Scholars May 1, 1996

Summer Stipends October 1, 1996

Faculty Graduate Study for HBCUs March 15, 1996

* Research:

Collaborative Research September 1, 1996

Centers for Advanced Study and

International Research October 1, 1996

Contact: 202/606-8373; education[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Office of Challenge Grants

* Challenge Grants Program May 1, 1996

Contact: 202/606-8309; challenge[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

* * *

A new edition of the NEH Overview of Endowment Programs, a

brochure that describes Endowment programs, gives eligibility

requirements, and lists the state humanities council offices,

will be available in early 1996. For copies of the new Overview

or for more information about the National Endowment for the

Humanities, contact

NEH Public Information Office

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Rm. 402

Washington, D.C. 20506

Telephone: 202/606-8400