IV-01c: National Endowment for the Humanities Program Funding, by Type, Fiscal Years 1987–2018 (Adjusted for Inflation)

Source: Data for years 1987 through 2007 were compiled by the National Humanities Alliance, at the request of the Humanities Indicators, from documentation supplied by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Office of Strategic Planning. Data for 2008 to 2018 were provided directly to the Humanities Indicators by NEH’s Office of Planning and Budget. Funding amounts were adjusted for inflation using the Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflators produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. Data presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (

Funding amounts for this indicator are given in constant 2018 dollars; for the nominal amounts, see the supporting data table associated with the indicator. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) distributes program dollars in two forms: (1) as grants to state humanities councils according to a legislatively mandated formula (for a description of the formula by which monies are distributed among the councils and additional information on council funding, see “State Humanities Council Revenues”); and (2) as discretionary awards made to individuals and organizations, including state humanities councils, mainly through national grant competitions (see “Distribution of NEH Program Funding among Activity Types” for an inventory of the major types of grant programs and the amount of funding allocated under each one; details about funded projects are available via a searchable database on the agency’s website).

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