Limited Submission: NEH Media Projects – Development and Production Grants


NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life.

Development Grants program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Click here for details.

Production Grants program supports the production and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Click here for details.

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.

Please read the full program announcement linked above before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount
  • Development Grants: Awards typically range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project, and are usually made for a period of six to twelve months.
  • Production Grants: Awards typically range from $100,000 to $650,000, and are usually made for a period of one to three years.
  • 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 accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education.
  • 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.
  • Applicants are not required to obtain a development grant before applying for a production grant. Applicants may not, however, submit multiple applications for the same project at the same deadline. If an application for a project is already under review, another application for the same project cannot be accepted by this or any other NEH grant opportunity.
Selection Criteria
  • Humanities significance
  • Creative approach, treatment, and resources
  • Humanities advisers
  • Media team
  • Work sample
  • Media Team
  • Audience and distribution plan
  • Work plan, budget, and likelihood of success
  • Overall Evaluation
Limitation Details

Applicants may not submit multiple applications for the same project at the same deadline. If an application for a project is already under review, another application for the same project cannot be accepted by this or any other NEH grant opportunity. If you are interested in competing for this program, coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research is required. Please submit an internal NOI according to the submission instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page that lists
    • Project leader’s name, position, email, and UGA office contact information;
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions;
    • Type of grant (Development OR Production); and
    • Title of media project and format (Film and Television OR Radio Project – see Additional Information below for details).
  • A Notice of Intent to Submit (one page maximum) that summarizes the media project, emphasizing how its chosen humanities subject will reach a broad and/or targeted audience. This Notice must also specify that the current project is not the subject of another application that is being considered for any other NEH grant opportunity.
Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.

Additional Information – Project Formats

Film and television production projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. Films must be longer than thirty minutes. This Media Projects: Development Grants program does not fund development of single short films. Proposed films must be longer than thirty minutes. Series of multiple films may be any length.

Radio and podcast production projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

Additional Information – Eligibility Details

To be ready to apply for a Development Grant, you must already have settled on a subject, an approach, and a project team. In particular, you should have

  • selected your humanities subject and assessed the major scholarship related to it
  • reached out to scholars and experts who work in the relevant subject area(s) to assemble a group of humanities advisers
  • consulted with the humanities advisers to clarify the interpretive ideas that the project will consider
  • formed a media team to see the project through its development period
  • considered how your content will appeal to public audiences and will convey what they should learn from the project
  • chosen the project’s format(s)
  • identified project resources (such as archival materials and potential interviewees)

To be ready to apply for a Production Grant, you should have

  • completed research on your subject, including archival work and preliminary interviews
  • involved scholars in creating and interpreting the project’s content
  • completed the project’s script (for film or television projects) or detailed treatment(s) (for radio or podcast projects)
  • designed your plans for distribution, outreach, and partnerships.

Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Division of Public Programs

National Endowment for the Humanities


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