Promotion of the Humanities_Seminars and Institutes

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
National Foundation on Arts and the Humanities
CFDA #: 45.163

Purpose of this program:

Seminars and institutes promote better teaching and research in the humanities through faculty development. Landmarks of American History, part of the NEH We the People initiative, promote better pre-collegiate teaching of American history and culture through intensive, rigorous faculty and staff development workshops at historical sites-presidential homes, battlefields, and colonial settlements--while enabling the participants to gain experience in conveying the importance of historical places and enhancing their teaching materials. Faculty Humanities Workshops support teachers at all levels from a single institution or from collaborating institutions throughout a region to pursue serious, substantive intellectual inquiry focused on important topics and texts in the humanities.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Grants support summer seminars and institutes, Landmarks of American History Workshops, and Faculty Humanities Workshops. Awards support direct costs, including salaries,participant stipends, selection costs, travel, and supplies. Projects should engage participants in deepening the knowledge of the subjects they teach and strengthen their capacity to engage students in substantive study of the humanities. Projects that deal solely with pedagogical theory or that are intended to improve writing, speaking, or thinking skills apart from a focus on specific humanities content are not normally supported.

Who is eligible to apply...

Distinguished scholar/teachers in the humanities may apply through a sponsoring institution to direct a seminar or institute for college teachers or school teachers. For Landmarks in American History and Faculty Humanities Workshops, the following may apply: State and local governments; sponsored organizations; public and private nonprofit nstitutions/organizations; other public institutions/organizations; Federally recognized Indian tribal governments; Native American organizations; U.S. Territories; non-government-general; minority organizations; other specializedgroups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

For educational institutions, costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 and Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Proposal instructions are available on line ( or from the headquarters office. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Applications are reviewed by subject area specialists, panels of scholars, and other appropriate individuals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after advice from the National Council on the Humanities.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


March 1, to direct a seminar or institute during the summer of the following year. March 1, to participate in a seminar or institute held during the summer of the same year. August 6, to direct a Landmarks of American History Workshop project during the summer of the following year; March 15, to participate in a Landmarks of American History workshop held during the summer of the same year. April 19 for Faculty Humanities Workshops beginning after September 1.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 4-5 months; 6 weeks for participants in Seminars and Institutes and Landmarks of American History Workshops.

Preapplication Coordination

Informal inquiry is encouraged for prospective directors. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


None, but director/applicant may request a critique of the proposal and reapply.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Applications for renewal must demonstrate a record of success and the potential to serve new audiences. These applications compete against new applications.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Primarily K-12 or college teachers, depending on the particular project--as well as their colleagues and students.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants range from $60,000 to $120,000 for seminars and from $100,000 to $180,000 for institutes. Landmarks of American History: with a minimum of two one-week sessions, grants range from $150,000 to $300,000 depending on how many sessions are conducted. Faculty Humanities Workshops range from $30,000 to $75,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 $8,024,000; FY 04 est $12,283,160; FY 05 est $13,075,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

(1) Economic Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution: Philadelphia and the Atlantic World (summer seminar for school teachers); (2) John Calvin and the Transformation of Religious Culture in Geneva, France, and Beyond; (summer seminar for college teachers); (3) History, Diversity, and Democracy in America?s State Constitutions (summer institute for school teachers); (4) Meso-America and the Southwest: An New History for an Ancient Land (summer institute for college teachers); (5) Three one-week school teacher workshops to explore the story of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and its relationship to broader themes in American history (Landmarks of American History); (6)Two one-week workshops for 100 school teachers held at The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson?s home in Nashville, on major themes in early nineteenth-century American history (Landmarks of American History); (7) A year-long faculty seminar at a community college on Aristotle's works and contribution to Western thought (Faculty Humanities Workshop); (8) Two-week summer workshops for local secondary school teachers on recent scholarship and approaches to the American Civil War (Faculty Humanities Workshop).

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, 328 applications were received and 75 awards were made. In fiscal year 2004, 344 applications and 97 awards are anticipated. In fiscal year 2005, 360 applications and 110 awards are anticipated.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

In evaluating proposals, the following criteria apply: (1) Intellectual quality and significance; (2) Impact; (3) Feasibility. Applicants selected to receive stipends are those who can derive the greatest benefit from participation in and who can make the greatest contribution to the seminar, institute, or workshop.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funds must be expended during the grant period. Faculty Humanities Workshops last a maximum of 18 months. Funds are released as required.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Source: Program Guidelines. Contact: See Headquarters Office below.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Cash reports are due quarterly. A final narrative report and a final expenditures report are required within 90 days after completion or termination of the grant period. In addition, reports are required from the scholars participating in the seminar assessing the value of the seminar for their professional development.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. For nongovernmental recipients, audits are to be carried out in accordance with the provisions set forth in OMB Circular No. A-110, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations Uniform Administrative Requirements" and with OMB Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other Federal officials.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Guidelines are available online at or upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign).

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office: Professional Development, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. Telephone: (202) 606-8463. For Faculty Humanities Workshops call (202)606-8380. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: