Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 08:47:59 -0500 From: Allan Metcalf 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 ***************************************************** 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 percent. 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 encompassing: * 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 activities. 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; publicpgms[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 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: Fellowships --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 Email: info[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]