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Media Projects: Production Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies for
Humanities Radio, Television, and Film Productions

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Public Programs

Deadline Date:

01/08/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and institutes of higher education to support humanities-oriented media productions. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the production and distribution of documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship.

Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects supported must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

The Division of Public Programs encourages media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education. The Division of Public Programs also supports media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

To be competitive, applicants must have clear central ideas and a solid command of the major humanities scholarship on their subject, and they must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to work out the intellectual issues that the program will explore. The scholars must represent major fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches.

Types of Grants:

  • Development grants ($40,000 to $75,000) enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Awards should result in a script (for documentary film and television programs) or detailed treatment(s) (for radio programs and podcasts). They may also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations. See the notice of funding opportunity for Media Projects: Development Grants.
  • Production grants ($100,000 to $650,000) support the production and distribution of documentary films, television programs, radio programs, and podcasts.
  • Chairman’s Special Awards (up to $1 million) are offered for projects of exceptional significance, audience reach, and complexity. A Chairman’s Special Award project should examine important humanities ideas in new ways and demonstrate the potential to reach especially large audiences.

For more information on these grant types, see:  https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Media-Projects-Production-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=5

For more information on film and television, and radio and podcast production project requirements, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Media-Projects-Production-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=4

For information on NIH areas of interest: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Media-Projects-Production-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178020

Number of Grants:

6; NEH typically awards no more than one Chairman’s Special Award per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Development Grants: $40,000 to $75,000
Production Grants: $100,000 to $650,000
Chairman’s Special Awards: up to $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance (Award Period): Twelve months to thirty-six months

Eligibility:

  • 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:

U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments are eligible to apply. Eligible organizations include institutions of higher education. Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Eligible organizations are encouraged to partner with independent producers. Under this arrangement, the lead applicant submits the application on behalf of the partnership. Lead applicants must not function solely as fiscal agents, but should make substantive contributions to the success of the project. If the application is funded, the eligible organization is considered the recipient of record and assumes all programmatic, financial, and legal responsibilities associated with the award.

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.

Media Projects: Production Grants may not be used for:

- Fictional films, including dramatic adaptations of literary works
- Projects that will satisfy requirements for educational degrees or formal professional training
- Projects intended primarily for students in formal learning environments (though projects may include components that can be used in classrooms)
- General operations, renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, or construction of station or production facilities
- Preservation or cataloging of materials and collections
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Lobbying
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities; the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies

NEH funds may not be used to support obscene, libelous, indecent, or defamatory content (including hate speech, personal attacks, or material constituting harassment).

Pre-Application Information:

The Division of Public Programs accepts applications for the two Media Projects programs (Development and Production) at two deadlines a year: in January and August.

Applications must be received and validated by Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 8, 2020 (for projects beginning October 1, 2020)

The Division of Public Programs encourages applicants to work with program officers from the outset of the application process. You may submit drafts or contact NIH with questions. Drafts, which are optional, must be submitted by November 29, 2020. A response cannot be guaranteed if drafts arrive after this date.

All organizations must submit their applications for NEH funding via Grants.gov Workspace. Before using Grants.gov for the first time, each organization must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and register with Grants.gov.

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:

1. Dun and Bradstreet: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
2. System for Award Management (SAM): https://www.sam.gov/SAM
3. Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/

In order to apply through Grants.gov, the applicant organization must first have or obtain a valid Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) number, and register (or have an active registration) in the System for Award Management (SAM). Note: If you are registering in SAM.gov for the first time, you must provide an original, signed notarized letter stating that you are the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity associated with the D-UN-S® number. Read the SAM update and FAQs to learn more about this process change. The initial SAM registration can take up to six weeks.

The initial Grants.gov registration process can take up to six weeks.

Eligible applicant institutions may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this announcement. Project directors may also submit applications for two different projects at the same time. If so, project directors should explain in the applications how they would allocate their time if they received more than one award.

Timeline:

- Before the January 8, 2020 deadline: Contact Division of Public Programs program officers
(at 202-606-8269 or publicpgms@neh.gov ) with questions and for advice (optional)
- November 29, 2019: Applicants that have not registered in login.gov; the System for Award Management (SAM), and Grants.gov should begin the process no later than this date
- December 2, 2019: Submit draft application by this date (optional)
- December 20, 2019: Applicants that have registered in SAM and Grants.gov should verify their
registrations by this date
- January 8, 2020: Applications must be submitted through and validated by Grants.gov by this
date
- January 8, 2020: If applicable, DVD samples must arrive at NEH on or before this date
- March-April 2020: Peer review panels take place
- July 2020: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding
decisions
- August 2020: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- August 2020: Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management
- October 1, 2020: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects

Successful applicants will be awarded outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of funds.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322037

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

For questions, assistance, or to submit a draft proposal:

Grants for Media Projects
Division of Public Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

202-606-8269
publicpgms@neh.gov

CFDA Number:

45.164

Funding or Pin Number:

20200108-TD-TR

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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