Limited Submission: NEH Media Projects – Development and Production Grants

  • Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Internal Deadline: none – internal coordination required
  • Sponsor Deadline: January 9th, 2019
  • Link:


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 support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. These grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or treatment and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement. Click here for details.

Production Grants support the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public. Click here for details.

NEH is a national funding agency, therefore supported projects must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. They welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but projects should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience.

Please note updated guidelines for this opportunity will be posted closer to the deadline.

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.


  • Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Native American tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Independent producers who wish to apply for NEH funding must seek an eligible organization to sponsor the project and submit the application to NEH. Under this arrangement the sponsoring organization is considered the grantee of record and assumes all attendant responsibilities of a grantee organization.
  • 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 Content
  • Creative Approach
  • Audience and Distribution
  • Project Resources
  • Humanities Advisers
  • Media Team
  • Treatment
  • Work Sample
  • Work Plan and Budget
  • 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 projectsmay be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.
  • Radio projects, including podcasts,may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. 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;
  • clarified the interpretive ideas that the project will consider;
  • reached out to scholars and experts who work in the relevant subject area;
  • 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);
  • formed a media team to see the project through its development period; and
  • identified the 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(s) (for film or television projects ) or detailed treatment(s) (for radio projects); and
  • 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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