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45.129 Promotion of the Humanities_Federal/State Partnership
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
To promote local, statewide, and regional humanities programming through annual grants to humanities councils in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. The 56 councils conduct humanities projects and grant programs for local nonprofit organizations, institutions, and groups, and occasionally for individuals. Under the provisions of 20 U.S.C. 956(f)(8), only one entity in each State may receive assistance from NEH as the State humanities council.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants may be used to fund local, statewide, and regional humanities projects, subject to guidelines determined by each State humanities council.
Applicant Eligibility: Nonprofit citizen councils in the several States and territories which conform to the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 956(f). If the State matches a certain percentage of the Federal grant and meets other legislated requirements, the Governor may designate the existing Council as a State agency. The resulting agency becomes an eligible applicant.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: As established by the Congressional funding formula, each State council receives $200,000 of the definite funds appropriated to Federal/State Partnership. Of the remaining funds, 44 percent is divided equally among the States which have a population of 200,000 or more, 22 percent is allocated to each council on the basis of population, and 34 percent is awarded at the discretion of the Chairman of the agency. Total matching of the grant on a one-to-one basis is required. Source: 20 U.S.C. 956 (f)(4).
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Compliance plans are required annually. Cash report and an expenditure report are required quarterly. Final expenditure reports are due within 90 days after completion or termination of project support by NEH.
Account Identification: 59-0200-0-1-503.
A singular achievement of Federal/State Partnership has been the establishment, in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and Guam of 56 continuing nonprofit organizations which have succeeded at serving as the link between the humanities and the interests and concerns of the States' citizens. In fiscal year 2001, councils supported thousands of programs that reached millions of Americans. Among these programs were 3,232 chautauqua-type performances, 2,507 exhibitions, 13,094 media program events, 5,730 speakers bureau presentations, 4,347 literacy programs, 13,331 reading and discussion programs, 2,894 preservation and local history projects, and 1,738 teacher institutes and workshops. Council-funded exhibitions attracted over 9 million visitors and media projects attracted audiences of approximately 80 million. More than 4.7 million people attended scholar-led seminars, conferences and lectures, while tens of thousands participated in book discussions and K-12 education projects. Each State council sets its own guidelines for application categories to respond to the needs and resources in its State.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and program guidelines are available online at http://www.neh.gov/ 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). Addresses and phone numbers for the 56 State humanities councils are available from Federal/State Partnership, NEH, Room 511, Washington, DC 20506, and from the NEH web site, http://www.neh.gov.
Regional or Local Office: Located in each State. Addresses available from National Endowment for the Humanities.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
The Georgia Humanities Council is helping to fulfill a character education mandate of the state's General Assembly through the Georgia Center for Character Education. Developed in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Education, the Center for Character Education assists teachers, school boards, policy makers, parents and communities by providing information on character education. In Nebraska, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Utah the humanities councils serve as state coordinators for the Capitol Forum on America's Future, a three-part program that offers opportunities for high school social studies teachers and their students to devote a year of study to the role of the United States in world affairs. The Indiana Humanities Council's Habits of the Heart program transmits the American philanthropic tradition to children and youth in partnership with such youth-serving organizations as Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA-YWCA, and 4-H. It also works with young people in faith-based youth organizations by means of their own faith traditions. The complex story of the Colorado River is being told to the people in seven western states in the Colorado River watershed. "Moving Waters: The Colorado River and the West" involves the humanities councils in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The project includes a traveling exhibit, website, radio documentary, speakers series, book discussions, and programming designed specifically for each of the twenty-two sites it will visit. The Minnesota Humanities Commission, through its Elder Reading Initiative and Learning in Retirement Network, helps seniors remain creative, thoughtful people. This initiative trains readers - often active older volunteers - in the practice of reading aloud to seniors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Each State council sets its own guidelines and criteria for assessing proposals, which are widely disseminated within the State. The criteria for State council funding from NEH are established in the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. Section 950, 956, and by the NEH Federal/State Partnership.