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Landmarks of American History and Culture

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and
IHEs to Host Workshops for K-12 Teachers

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Education Programs

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02/13/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and institutions of higher education to host week-long humanities workshops for K-12 educators. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. The purpose of this program is to enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level.

The program defines a landmark as a site of historic importance within the United States and its territories. Landmarks could include historic homes, museums, presidential libraries, and sites memorializing literary, artistic, or architectural achievements. Projects could take place in public spaces and neighborhoods, major waterways, national parks, or other locations of historic importance. 

Projects employ a place-based approach and are designed to offer educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about place-based learning strategies, experiential learning methodologies, and other professional development goals. Projects explore central themes in American history and culture, including government, literature, the arts, architecture, archaeology, and related humanities subjects. 

Each Landmarks workshop must accommodate thirty-six participants and must be offered twice during the summer (for a total of seventy-two participants). The content, presenters, site visits, activities, and readings should be substantially the same in each week. Workshops may be hosted by institutions such as community colleges, universities, four-year colleges, learned societies, libraries or other repositories, centers for advanced study, cultural organizations, professional associations, and schools or school systems. Host institutions provide facilities and arrange for accommodations for participants, who receive a stipend. NEH expects host institutions to furnish facilities conducive to scholarly engagement with topics and sites.

Landmarks workshops offer participants: 

  • Enhanced knowledge of content through rigorous humanistic inquiry and pedagogical strategies relevant to the subject area and project theme 
  • Essential source materials, including but not limited to primary texts, documents, artifacts, and archival resources 
  • Learning opportunities through a variety of media and modes of engagement 
  • New ways to approach their K-12-level humanities curricula as well as state or subjectspecific standards, where applicable 
  • A community of inquiry that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas 
  • A team of humanities scholars, including faculty with significant K-12 experience, who contribute to all phases of the project 
  • Projects targeted at one or more of the following grade levels: K-5, 6-8, and/or 9-12 

For more information about the program, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153587

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $190,000.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 24 months, with a start date of October 1, 2020.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

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.

Grants for NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops may not be used for
- Faculty or student travel abroad;
- The development of courses for a graduate or non-degree program;
- Research to produce or revise a textbook;
- The cost of replacement teachers or compensation of faculty members performing their regular duties
- The rental of recreational facilities and costs related to social events such as receptions and entertainment
- Tuition fees for participants
- Education or technical impact assessments
- Projects that center on pedagogical theory, research on educational methods, tests, or measurements
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Lobbying
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically-based social science research or policy studies)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Webinar:

December 4, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available November 19, 2019
- Optional Draft due January 9, 2020
- Application due February 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
- Expected notification date August 31, 2020
- Project start date October 1, 2020

Cost-sharing is not required in this program, unless your budget exceeds $190,000, in which case you must cost share the amount above $190,000.

All organizations must submit their applications for NEH funding via Before using for the first time, each organization must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and register with

The registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:

1. Dun and Bradstreet (
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (
3. (

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by January 9, 2020. NEH cannot guarantee that staff will respond to drafts submitted after this deadline. Although this optional preliminary review is not part of the formal review process and has no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, previous applicants have found it helpful in strengthening their applications.

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Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506


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