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Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

Grant: Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers
Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
Division: Division of Education Programs
Deadline: February 25, 2016. Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline listed.

Description: The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music and other related subjects in the humanities. Each workshop should include the following elements:

  • Increase the knowledge and appreciation of subjects, ideas and places significant to American history and culture through humanities, reading and site study.
  • Build a community of inquiry and provide models of civility and of excellent scholarship and teaching.
  • Provide teachers with expertise in the use and interpretation of historical sites, and of material and archival resources.
  • Encourage historical and cultural sites to develop greater capacity and scale for professional development programs.

Held at or near sites important to American history and culture, these workshops are academically rigorous and focus on key primary sources, documents and scholarly works relevant to major themes in American history and culture. They should also provide the opportunity to work with primary documents, and develop classroom resources or a research project.

NEH encourages proposals that respond to the Bridging Cultures initiative, which explores the great variety of cultural influences on American society. Projects might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to overcome cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Fit for public broadcasting: NEH is looking for workshops that not only increase the awareness and understanding of American historical and cultural events, but also show promise of advancing teaching and scholarship in the humanities. Public broadcasting has a history of successful participation in educational programming and workshops. They can provide a platform to tell these narratives of American history.

A list of current NEH Landmarks workshops can be found on their website. Current workshops utilize community resources such as museums and libraries to enhance their workshops. Public broadcasting stations could be an additional partnership, which can further enrich the available resources and assist teachers in taking those resources to the classroom.

Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Those who submitted their first successful NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture application in 2012 are not eligible to reapply in 2013, without first receiving evaluations from the NEH Summer Scholars. 

Anticipated funding: In previous rounds, NEH made an average of 20 grants per competition. Each grant ranges from $150,000 to $180,000, with a project period beginning October 1, 2015 and lasting until December 31, 2016.

How to apply: Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers who can offer advice about preparing the proposal, provide samples of previously funded projects, and review preliminary proposal drafts if they are submitted at least four weeks before the deadline. You can contact a program officer by email, here.

Applications must be submitted via Online submission requires registration, a process that usually takes three to five business days but can take as long as four weeks. Be sure to visit and begin registering well in advance of the deadline.

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Sample Narrative: “Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta”
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