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Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

Grants to USA IHEs, Agencies, Nonprofits
for History Workshops for K-12 Teachers

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

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02/22/18 5:00 PM ET (Recommended Submission)


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to host one-week humanities workshops for K-12 educators. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations by January 25 and February 8. The purpose of this program is to enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level.

The program defines a landmark as a site of historic importance within the United States and its territories that offers educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people. Projects employ a place-based approach, teaching historic sites through critical interpretation in order to explore central themes in American history and government, as well as in literature, art, music, and related humanities subjects.

Each workshop accommodates thirty-six participants (NEH Summer Scholars) and is offered twice during the summer (for a total of seventy-two participants). Workshops may be hosted by institutions such as community colleges, universities, four-year colleges, learned societies, libraries or other repositories, centers for advanced study, cultural organizations, professional associations, and schools or school systems. Host institutions provide facilities and arrange for accommodations for participants, who receive a stipend. NEH expects host institutions to furnish facilities conducive to scholarly engagement with topics and sites.

Landmarks projects offer participants
-Enhanced knowledge of content through rigorous humanistic inquiry and pedagogical strategies relevant to the subject area and project theme;
-Essential source materials, including but not limited to primary texts, documents, artifacts, and archival resources;
-Learning opportunities through a variety of media and modes of engagement;
-New ways to approach their K-12-level humanities curricula as well as state or subject-specific standards, where applicable;
-A community of inquiry that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas; and
-A team of humanities scholars, including faculty with significant K-12 experience, who contribute to all phases of the project.

Topics should speak to the role of the humanities in the 21st-century classroom. In the interest of offering Landmarks Workshops in as many U.S. states and territories as possible, special encouragement is given to applications proposing projects in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Delaware, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Vermont, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In addition, NEH encourages proposals for Landmarks Workshops from institutions in the states that received the least funding from NEH in the past fiscal year: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Applicants should make a convincing case for the historical significance and use of the Landmarks site(s), the material resources available for use, and the ways in which the workshop will enhance K-12 curricula.

Both project planning and implementation require at least one faculty or staff member with a background or significant experience in K-12 education.

Special Encouragements:

NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.

NEH encourages projects that include Native American organizations as lead applicants.

NEH also encourages Landmarks projects to reach a wider audience by contributing to EDSITEment, a website developed by NEH that promotes humanities education.

All applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the program’s evaluation criteria, whether or not they are submitted by institutions from states or territories that have not previously hosted an NEH Landmarks Workshop, submitted by institutions from states that received the least NEH funding in the past fiscal year, respond to the Standing Together initiative, include Native American organizations as lead applicants, or promise to contribute to EDSITEment.

Providing Access to Grant Products:

As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, NEH endeavors to make the products of its awards available to the broadest possible audience. NEH’s goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH grant products. For projects that develop Web-based resources, all other considerations being equal, NEH prefers those that provide free access to the public.

NEH grantees must follow the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of handicap in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. For more information consult Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook here.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153587

Estimated Size of Grant:

Successful projects may receive up to $170,000 in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two.

Term of Contract:

The award period is fifteen months: October 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

A director who submitted his or her first successful NEH summer program application at the March 2017 deadline is not eligible to reapply at the February 2018 deadline. First-time directors must instead complete their 2018 summer program, and receive evaluations from the NEH Summer Scholars, before they can submit proposals to direct future NEH summer programs.

NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Grants for NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops may not be used for
-Faculty or student travel abroad;
-The development of courses for a graduate or non-degree program;
-Research to produce or revise a textbook;
-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;
-Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies);
-Education or technical impact assessments; and
-Projects that focus on pedagogical theory, research on educational methods, tests, or measurements.

Pre-Application Information:

Cost sharing consists of the cash contributions made to a project by the applicant and third parties, as well as third party in-kind contributions, such as donated services and goods. Cost sharing is not required in this program, except for projects receiving matching funds, and projects whose budgets exceed $170,000. Projects with budgets exceeding $170,000 must cost share the amount above $170,000.

Draft proposals (optional): Program staff recommends that draft proposals be submitted by January 15, 2018. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date. Staff comments in response to draft proposals are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but previous applicants have found them helpful in strengthening their applications.

Verify and if necessary update your institution’s Entity record, or create an Entity record for your institution, at the System for Award Management (SAM). Complete at least four weeks before the deadline.

All applications to this program must be submitted via NEH strongly recommends that you complete or verify your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline, since it takes time to process your registration.

NEH strongly suggests that you submit your application no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Doing so will leave you time to contact the help desk for support, should you encounter a technical problem of some kind.

-Until February 22, 2018: Contact Division of Education Programs program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
-January 15, 2018: Submit draft proposals (optional) by this date
-January 25, 2018: Create or verify your institution’s Entity record at the System for Award Management by this date
-February 8, 2018: Register your institution (or verify its registration) with by this date
-February 22, 2018: Submit application through by this date
-April-May 2018: Peer review panels take place
-July 2018: meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
-August 2018: applicants are notified of the funding decisions
-October 2018: institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail
-October 1, 2018: successful applicants begin work on their projects
-June-August 2019: Landmarks Workshops take place
-December 31, 2019: grant period ends

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

Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506


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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

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