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Established by the federal government in 1965, the NEH provides support for humanities activities through grants for education, preservation, research, and public programs. While the federal government contributes to the humanities through many other federal agencies and departments, the NEH is the largest source of federal funding for humanities activities—and the only agency whose explicit mission is to nurture and promote the field. Its financial condition is thus an important indicator of federal support for the humanities.

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Source: Data for years 1966 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 2015 were provided directly to the Humanities Indicators by NEH’s Office of Planning and Budget. Data for subsequent years were obtained from the annual budget requests to Congress, available at https://www.neh.gov/about/legal/reports. 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; and “Projected GDP Deflators for Baseline Countries/Regions 2010–2030 (Updated: 12/6/2017)” (produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/DataFiles/51832/ProjectedGDPDeflatorValues.xls?v=43075, accessed 5/9/2018). Data presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (http://www.humanitiesindicators.org/).

Funding amounts for this indicator are given in constant dollars; for the nominal amounts, see the data table associated with this indicator.

IV-01b: National Endowment for the Humanities Funding, by Purpose, Fiscal Years 1966–2018 (Adjusted for Inflation)

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Source: Data for years 1966 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 (http://www.humanitiesindicators.org/).

Funding amounts for this indicator are given in constant dollars; for the nominal amounts, see the data table associated with this indicator.

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

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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 (http://www.humanitiesindicators.org/).

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).

IV-01d: National Endowment for the Humanities Funding Distributed to States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, Fiscal Year 2017 (Current Dollars)

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* Monies include those for new grants, supplemental grants, program contracts, and other program-related purposes. Included are awards that were made by the agency using funds appropriated by Congress, transferred by other federal agencies, and contributed by nonfederal entities.
** The amount for the District of Columbia includes, in addition to grants, funding for all program contracts awarded by the agency ($1.1 million).
Source: National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Planning and Budget (data provided to the Humanities Indicators upon request). The population data used to calculate per capita amounts were obtained from U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, “Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (NST-EST2017-01)” (accessed 5/18/2018). Data presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (http://www.humanitiesindicators.org/).

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