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Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Digital
Preservation and Sharing of Humanities Resources

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Office of Digital Humanities

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06/19/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, government agencies, and IHEs for digital humanities projects. Funding is intended for digital projects at any stage of development from the start-up phase, implementation, and long-term sustainability. In honor of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the USA, projects focused on the Declaration of Independence and the impact of the events of 1776 will be given precedence.

Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Through a special partnership with NEH and pending the availability of appropriated funds, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve
- Creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities;
- Pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or
- Conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176104

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Digital Humanities Advancement Grants have three levels of funding:

- Level I grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 in outright funding.

- Level II grants range from $50,001 to $100,000 in outright funding.

- Level III grants range from $100,001 to $325,000 in outright funding. Applicants for Level III grants can also request up to an additional $50,000 in matching funds specifically allocated toward their sustainability or data management plans, which brings the total request to a maximum of $375,000.

Term of Contract:

Project start date: February 1, 2020

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants at both Level I and Level II stages support activities for periods of performance (award periods) up to twenty-four months.

Level III awards support activities for periods of performance (award periods) up to thirty-six months.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments are eligible to apply. Eligible organizations include institutions of higher education.

Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

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Pre-Application Information:

This program is offered twice per year.

- Until June 19, 2019: Contact Office of Digital Humanities program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
- May 8, 2019: Applicants that have not registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and should begin the process by this date
- May 8, 2019: Submit draft application by this date (optional)
- June 5, 2019: Applicants that have registered in SAM and should verify their registrations by this date
- June 19, 2019: Applications must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on this date
- August-October 2019: Peer review panels take place
- December 2019: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
- Late December 2019: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- January 2020: Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management
- February 1, 2020: Successful applicants begin work on their projects
- Spring 2020: Project directors’ one-day planning meeting will take place in Washington DC in this period

Cost sharing consists of the cash contributions made to a project by nonfederal third parties raised to release federal matching funds. Applicants are welcome to use voluntary cost sharing for projects in which the total budget exceeds the NEH grant limit. Voluntary cost sharing includes nonfederal cash contributions by the applicant and eligible third parties, as well as third party in-kind contributions, such as donated services and goods.

Cost sharing is not required for Level I, Level II, and Level III projects. However, Level III projects that request federal matching funds must include the required cost share in the application budget. The indirect-cost rate should not be applied to cost share. Recipients of federal matching funds must report the third-party nonfederal contributions raised to release NEH matching funds.

Applications must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 19, 2019.

In order to apply through, the applicant organization must first have or obtain a valid Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and register (or have an active registration) in the System for Award Management (SAM). The initial SAM registration can take up to six weeks.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

TTY: 800-877-8399

National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20506

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