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The Humanities, Arts, and Education

Slicing the Pie: Explaining the Distribution of Funds at NEH

In response to the Academy’s recent report, The State of the Humanities: Funding 2014, Humanities Indicators staff received a number of questions about the distribution of funding to particular activities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Some of the program monies distributed by the NEH are allocated according to a legislatively mandated formula, and the remainder is distributed at the discretion of the agency within its programmatic divisions, each of which receives a set appropriation from Congress.

We invited two authorities on the issue—Stephen Kidd, Director of the National Humanities Alliance, and Esther Mackintosh, President of the Federation of State Humanities Councils—to explain how and why the slices of the pie have their current form.

For additional details on the items included under each category, see the related topic in the Humanities Indicators.

October 21, 2014

The Interdependent Building Blocks of the Humanities

posted by Stephen Kidd

This chart shows the NEH divisions that support the interdependent building blocks of the humanities: preservation and access; research; teaching; and programming. The NEH supports these building blocks by providing funds that organizations can leverage to raise More...

October 21, 2014

A Multitude of Benefits from Federal/State Partnership Program

posted by Esther Mackintosh

The interdependent and complementary programs that make up the NEH funding pie are vital to carrying out the goal of strengthening the nation by supporting humanities research and learning. But each wedge of that pie also has its own discrete value. The funding More...

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