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National Endowment for the Humanities

America’s Media Makers:  Development Grants

Deadline: August 14, 2013 for projects beginning April 2014

Note: Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the August deadline.  In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Summary: Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production.  Grants should result in a script or design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.

AMM Development Grants support the following formats:
  • Interactive digital media – may be websites, games, mobile applications, virtual environments, streaming video, or podcasts.
  • Film and television projects – may be single programs or a series that addresses significant figures, events, or developments and draw their content from humanities scholarship, intended for national distribution.
  • Radio projects – may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program vehicle.  They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs.  They may be intended for regional or national distribution.
Funding ratio: 5% over the last five years

Links: General information

NEH Contact: Division of Public Programs

American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Bringing Theory to Practice Grants (BTtoP)

Next deadline: June 15, 2013

I. Seminar Grants: Up to $1,000 (awards announced 2 weeks after deadline)
For institutions to bring together diverse members of the campus community for a half-day or longer facilitated conversation, which will result in the planning, implementation, and assessment of actions consistent with the context and mission of the institution. BTtoP has special interest in seminars that discuss the civic mission of the institution and how the full expression of this mission can be achieved. Proposals should not exceed 2-3 pages.
II. Program Development Grants: Up to $10,000 + match (awards announced 6-8 weeks after deadline)
For institutions to enhance or extend a program which is consistent with AAC&U objectives.
Examples of Program Development Grant proposals include:

  • The vice president for academic affairs and vice president for student affairs together propose to establish new learning communities built upon an existing first-year program.
  • Two professors work with the provost to propose a series of courses that combine content on engaged learning, civic learning, and psychosocial well-being.
  • The director of psychological services and a professor of political science propose courses that enable students to choose to participate in civic projects at various levels of engagement, then include assessment of various levels on student self-efficacy and academic achievement.
  • A department chair proposes a new integrative capstone experience that draws on the discipline in ways which integrate civic engagement and psychosocial well-being of students.
  • Faculty members and student affairs professionals propose general education courses that will enhance engaged learning and assess measureable effects on psychosocial well-being.
Budget match: 1:1 institutional match – at least 50% cash and 50% in-kind

I. Seminar Grants: Up to $75,000 + match, distributed over two years (awards announced by July 15)
For institutions proposing to demonstrate the outcomes of building institutional capacity for a program of work consistent with our purpose:  commitment to strengthening the relationship of engaged learning, civic development, and psychosocial well-being.  Institutions must demonstrate commitment by senior leadership that includes the president and vice presidents for academic affairs and student affairs, in addition to faculty and students.

Budget match: 1:1 institutional match – at least 50% cash and 50% in-kind
Links: BTtoP general information
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