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Funder Tool Kits: NEH


This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and ORC Research Development Team.



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News, Opportunities, and Awards

NEH Strategic Plan 2013-2017

NEH Fact Sheets

NEH - What We Do

Budget / Performance / Legal Documents - Information on NEH's Budget, Planning, and Performance Results (Budget Appropriations, Budget Requests to Congress, Annual Reports and Administrative Reports)

NEH Newsroom

Social Media - guidelines and helpful links

No FEAR Act Notice

NEH Contact Information

Pivot database (NEH saved search) - find, track, and share current/anticipated funding opportunities

NEH Chairman’s Emergency Grants Available for Humanities Institutions Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

NEH Resource - Match Your Project to a Grant Program

NEH - Search for a Grant - Opportunities listed at the NEH website (NEH search) - Browse current/forecasted NEA funding opportunities

NEH Awards Database - Searchable database of NEH awards. Grants can be searched by state, congressional district, institution, key word, or by year. 

Sample Proposals - The National Endowment for the Humanities typically provides three to four sample proposals for each funding opportunity. The following are links to samples provided by NEH.  

This list is a just a small selection of the samples which NEH makes available. More samples are available at the NEH FOIA Samples Application Narratives list and individual NEH program announcements.

NEH FOIA Guide - Additional information about NEH’s FOIA program and other FOIA resources can be found by accessing the links below:

Privacy Act Program and Requests

The ORC Research Development Team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi for more information.

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NEH Proposal Guidance

NEH Grant Writing Workshop

NEH's Application Review Process

NEH - A Few Hints for Writing a Successful Grant Application

How to Get a Grant from NEH is the platform used for NEH application submissions. Each application has specified required forms. Please follow the RFP and application guidelines.

Typical mandatory forms in NEH application packages:

Typical NEH grant applications also include the following:

  1. Application Cover Sheet (1 page)
  2. Statement of Significance and Impact (1 page)
  3. Table of Contents (1 page)
  4. Project Narrative
    • Style - Individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds will read these applications and advise NEH on their merits. Project narratives should be written so that they can be understood by persons who may not have the same technical awareness as the applicant.
    • Formatting - Follow the specific funding announcement guidelines. Use single-spaced, one-inch margins, 11pt font unless otherwise specified.
    • Evaluation Criteria - see specific announcements for program-specific evaluation criteria to address
    • Work Plan - Describe the work plan in detail, including a schedule indicating what will be accomplished during each stage of the project.
    • Staff - Identify project staff, duties and qualifications
    • Dissemination Plan - Explain how the results of the project will be disseminated in print and electronic forms. NEH Resource: Data Management Plans From Successful Grant Applications (2011 - 2014)
  5.  Budget - Using the instructions, complete the budget form. While all items should be justified by the narrative, further explanation may be included in brief budget notes.
  6.  Appendices - Use appendices to provide:
    • representative samples of the final or anticipated form of the work, prefaced with explanatory notes (if applicable); 
    • brief resumes (2 pages max each) for staff with major responsibilities for the project's implementation;
    • job descriptions for any additional staff who will be hired specifically to work on the project;
    • letters of commitment from outside participants and cooperating institutions; and
    • letters of support (if allowed). Such letters will be more useful if they address the criteria for funding established for this category (see below).
  7. History of Grants - If the project has received previous support from any federal or nonfederal sources, including NEH, list on one page the sources, dates, and amounts of these funds. If the project has a long history of support, the sources and contributions may be grouped and summarized.
  8. Consultants and Advisory Board Members - List consultants to the project, members of the project's advisory board (if there is one), and authors of letters of support (if provided).
  9. List of Suggested Evaluators - Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of up to eight potential evaluators, briefly indicating why each one would be appropriate. Do not list persons who would be excluded as reviewers because of federal rules governing conflict of interest. 

Grant Program Highlights, by NEH Division

  • Division of Education Programs - The Division works to strengthen humanities education through programs aimed at pre-collegiate and post-secondary levels of study. Through intensive summer programs of reading and discussion with recognized scholars, individual teachers have opportunities to strengthen their mastery of the subjects they teach in history, philosophy, literature and languages, world cultures, art history, and political science, among others. These residential programs encourage schoolteachers and college teachers to study common texts, visit collections in libraries and museums, exchange ideas about the art of teaching, and share insights and materials with their colleagues and students. The Division has several grant programs to support institutional endeavors.
  • Division of Preservation and Access Programs - A substantial portion of the nation's cultural heritage and intellectual legacy is held in libraries, archives, and museums. These repositories are responsible for preserving and making available collections of books, serials, manuscripts, sound recordings, still and moving images, works of art, objects of material culture, and rapidly expanding digital collections. The challenge is great: to preserve diverse formats of materials that are threatened by factors inherent in their physical structures or by the environments in which they are housed, and to create a level of intellectual control sufficient to enable users to find and use the materials relevant to them. Increasingly, these humanities collections are being used to create the kind of Web-based resources that NEH supports, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, descriptive catalogs, and digital archives. Both the creators and users of these resources also need our support to develop digital tools to enhance access to and promote integration of these materials. The Division's grant programs recognize that good stewardship of cultural resources requires equal attention both to preservation and to access. All of the division's programs focus on ensuring the long-term and wide availability of primary resources in the humanities.
  • Division of Public Programs - The Division supports a wide range of public humanities programs that reach large and diverse public audiences. These programs make use of a variety of formats—interpretation at historic sites, television and radio productions, museum exhibitions, Web sites, and other digital media.
  • Division of Research Programs - The Division supports scholarly research that advances knowledge and understanding of the humanities. Awards are made to scholars working on research projects of significance to specific humanities fields and to the humanities as a whole. For example, grants support projects as diverse as the deciphering and editing of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the editing of the correspondence of Charles Darwin.
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NEH Point of Contact at UCF

Kristin Wetherbee
​Director of Research Programs/Services
College of Arts & Humanities
University of Central Florida
(407) 823-0908

REACT support from ORC Research Development Team

A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

R:  The Research Development team promises to rapidly Respond to investigator needs by immediately making ourselves available and beginning the research support process.

E:  The Research Development team can Evaluate needs and available assets based on agency/RFP guidelines, existing infrastructure, collaboration requirements, and special requests (such as samples from the proposal library or FOIA requests and templates created for the specific announcement/agency).

A:  The Research Development team can Assist with proposal components and coordinate efforts with the C&G team and College/Institute Administrators. Research Development can help prepare non-technical components of the proposal such as Facilities Equipment & Other Resources, Current & Pending Support, Letters of Collaboration, Biographical Sketches, Collaborators & Other Affiliations, research timeline tables, and perform searches for UCF facts and demographics/enrollment data.  We can point to on-line materials that support the proposal preparation.

C:  The Research Development team can Coordinate the proposal progress through meeting/communication assistance, identification and connection with collaborators/partners, document management, review coordination (editorial review, technical peer review), proposal progress scheduling, and follow-ups with collaborators.

T:  The Research Development team can Track proposals through the stages of revision and finalization, and can provide post-submission evaluation.