NEH/ACHO Offers Planning Grants for Library Humanities Programming

NEH.jpgIf you have the kernel of an idea for a new library program or exhibit and like to see things out fully from beginning to end, NEH’s ‘America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations’ (ACHO) division has a grant opportunity that might be right up your alley. NEH/ACHO is currently accepting applications from libraries and museums looking to produce a public program (or programs) in any area of the humanities. That includes history, the performing arts, language, and – of course – literature.

Specifically, funds are available toward planning and early stages of project development. Acceptable uses include “consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation.”

Note that a wide variety of programming formats are eligible for grant assistance. Besides traditional exhibits, these include book discussion groups, educational film nights, and living history presentations.

The application deadline for programs tentatively slated to start in or after April 2014 is August 14, 2013. If this is too compressed a timeline for your library or Friends group, don’t worry. The next application cycle will open shortly.

Note: Both funding resources and the number of eligible applicants can vary widely  from year to year. In the last five competition years, the Planning Grants program has received an average of 78 applications and provided an average of seven awards per year – a funding ratio of nearly 10 percent!

For more information, visit You can direct specific questions to NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 or