Grant Competitions for Media Production Now Open at National Endowment for the Humanities

Now is your chance to apply for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant programs with a fit for public broadcasting. These grant competitions recently opened, and all have deadlines in January 2020. Please contact us right away if you would like grant writing assistance - these slots fill up quickly. Contact our office at 530-228-9235 or by email -

Read on to learn more about these competitions, including priorities, anticipated funding and recent grants to public media:

  • Media Projects: Development and Production - This grant program, one of the largest sources of federal funding to public media, supports interactive digital media projects, film and television projects, and radio projects. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas and drawing their content from humanities scholarship. Radio or podcast projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. Development Grants ($40,000 to $75,000) enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format and to prepare programs for production. Production Grants (up to $1,000,000) support the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs and related programs that promise to engage the public. There is a long history of support for public media. The next deadline is January 8, 2020.

  • Short Documentaries - Now holding its second competition, this new NEH program will make awards to documentary films up to 30 minutes in length that engage with topics in the humanities. Grants will support production of a single film or a series of related films, and should be intended for national or regional distribution through broadcast, festivals or online distribution. Applicants can request up to $60,000 for a single film and no more than $250,000 for a series. Awardees from the first competition are expected to be announced in December 2019. The deadline is January 8, 2020.

  • Digital Humanities Advancement Grants - This grant program from NEH's Office of Digital Humanities seeks to enhance research, teaching and public programming through experimentation and innovative approaches in the humanities. This may involve creating or enhancing computer-based research methods and techniques, pursuing scholarship that explores digital culture and its impact on society, or digital projects that contribute to greater public knowledge of the humanities. While the Division of Public Programs continues to represent the most significant line of public media funding from NEH, the agency has been shifting its focus to digital projects. South Carolina ETV and Vegas PBS are examples of stations that have recently received NEH grants for digital projects with a local emphasis. The deadline is January 15, 2020.

Learn more about NEH grant programs with a fit for public broadcasting and how to apply to NEH in our October 2018 webinar with David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer in the Division of Public Programs at NEH.

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