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Grants to USA Nonprofit Humanities Councils
to Support General Organizational Operations

State and Jurisdictional Humanities Councils General Operating Support Grants

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Office of Federal/State Partnership

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05/03/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit humanities councils to support general organizational operations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of funding is to increase support and access to humanities programming throughout the Country.

With the General Operating Support Grants, state and jurisdictional humanities councils deliver on NEH’s mission to advance knowledge and understanding of the humanities and to increase public awareness of, access to, and support for the humanities at the state and local level. State and jurisdictional humanities councils tailor their grantmaking and programs to the needs, resources, and interests of their state or jurisdiction, while also extending the reach of NEH-funded projects and further strengthening NEH’s connection to local communities throughout the United States and the jurisdictional territories.

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GrantWatch ID#: 189724

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $3,000,000
- Award Floor: $300,000

Term of Contract:

State and Jurisdictional Humanities Councils General Operating Support Grants have a period of performance of five years.

Within a five-year period of performance, a General Operating Support Grant funds activity in years one, two, and three, and funds closeout requirements in years four and five. State and jurisdictional humanities councils must apply annually to receive this funding. The funding period is November 1, 2021-October 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The only eligible applicants are the independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) state and jurisdictional humanities councils on this list:

Individuals and other organizations (including foreign and for-profit entities) are not eligible to apply.

Funds under this notice may not be used for the following purposes:
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Lobbying
- Purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
- Subawards funded in whole or in part with federal funds to organizations that have not obtained and provided to the recipient a unique entity identifier
- Overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities; the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; policy studies; and social science research that does not address humanistic questions and/or utilize humanistic methods.

Pre-Application Information:

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- Application available: January 11, 2021
- Application due: May 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Expected notification date: October 31, 2021
- Project start date: November 1, 2021

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

The registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
1. Dun and Bradstreet (
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (
3. (

Cost-Sharing or Matching:
This program requires a one-to-one cost share. Cost sharing or matching means the portion of the project costs not paid by NEH funds. By law, NEH cannot support more than 50 percent of the costs of a state or jurisdictional humanities council’s activity. All expenditures of NEH funds must be matched by cash, earned income, other federal grants, or in-kind contributions. State and jurisdictional humanities councils are permitted to use federal funds to meet their cost-share, but are not permitted to use federal funds or in-kind contributions to match treasury matching funds, if offered.

The following policy applies only to the American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands humanities councils: In accordance with 48 U.S.C. 1469a (d), as amended, NEH waives the cost-sharing requirement for the first $200,000
in outright funds awarded each fiscal year under this notice. The remainder of the annual outright funding provided under the legislated formula continues to require dollar-for-dollar cost sharing, as does the entire federal matching funds offer.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Office of Federal/State Partnership
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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