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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribal Governments, and
IHEs for the Translation and Preparation of Humanities Texts

Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations Program

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs

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12/01/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs for the translation and preparation of humanities texts. Applications are encouraged for long-term and short-term editorial projects, as well as projects that are at a planning stage. The program supports continuous full-time or part-time activities. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively.

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program provides grants to organizations to support collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to learning and research but are currently inaccessible or are available only in inadequate editions or translations. Typically, the texts are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.

Projects should embody the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) or the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. Editions and translations produced with NEH support must contain scholarly apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format, including introductions and annotations that explain form, transmission, and its historical and intellectual contexts. Translation projects must also explain the theory and method of translation adopted for the proposed work.

In addition to English-language texts, organizations may submit proposals for editions of foreign language texts in the original language or the translations of foreign language texts into English.

The dissemination of edited materials may be in print or digital formats, or a combination of both. NEH expects recipients to provide broad access to all NEH-funded products, insofar as the condition of the materials and intellectual property rights allow. NEH strongly encourages projects that offer free public access to digital materials.

NEH encourages applications from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

NEH Areas of Interest

NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas:

“A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary”

As the USA approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and that advance civic education and knowledge of the country's core principles of government. The agency-wide “A More Perfect Union” initiative will help Americans better understand the world’s oldest constitutional democracy and how its founding ideals are met in a modern, pluralistic society.

NEH welcomes consideration of diverse topics in American history, from Native American culture to rural life to the rise of the industrial city, from the Civil War to the Cold War to the Civil Rights movement, etc. NEHH also seeks projects that examine foundational documents in U.S. history, etc., as well as projects that examine historical objects, places, traditions, events, and individuals who collectively shaped the states and nation. Applications about the contributions of underrepresented communities are highly encouraged.

In addition, NEH especially encourages projects that include Native American organizations and communities as lead applicants and project partners.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151063

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 grants per deadline.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants may apply for awards up to $300,000 in outright funds or federal matching funds, not to exceed $100,000 per year. In addition, applicants submitting proposals that respond to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary may request up to an additional $150,000 in federal matching funds not to exceed $50,000 per year.
- Projects at a planning stage are encouraged to apply for one or two years of support for up to $75,000 per year or less.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: One to three years with a start date as early as October 1, 2021, and as late as September 1, 2022 (for proposals submitted for the 2020 deadline) or as early as October 1, 2022 and as late as September 1, 2023 (for proposals submitted for the 2021 deadline).


  • 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:

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

An eligible entity may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. The lead applicant would be programmatically, legally and fiscally responsible for the award.

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

NEH does not make awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects. Such resources may not, however, be used as gifts to release NEH matching funds.

NEH does not provide financial assistance to foreign institutions or organizations. Nevertheless, otherwise eligible American institutions may apply for collaborative projects involving U.S. and foreign organizations provided they do not use NEH funds for the purpose of issuing subawards to any foreign organization, as defined by 2 CFR §200.92 and 2 CFR §200.330(a). This limitation does not preclude American institutions from obtaining the services of foreign individuals and consultants to carry out various programmatic activities on a fee-for-service basis, as specified in 2 CFR §200.459; it also does not preclude vendor contracts such as in-country transportation services. If you are interested in submitting an application for a project involving international collaboration, please consult beforehand with the division staff.

For a list of funding restrictions, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application webinar on NEH's Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translation grant opportunity that covers application tips will be available by August 31, 2021, and a live-stream webinar will be scheduled for September to answer your questions about the program.

Due to technical difficulties, the live question and answer webinar for this grant program has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. Join here:

Pre-Application Information:

Application available December 7, 2020
Optional Draft due September 24, 2021
Application due December 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
Expected notification date August 31, 2022
Project start date October 1, 2022

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

The registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
- Dun and Bradstreet (
- System for Award Management (SAM) (
- (

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by September 30, 2021 (for proposals submitted for the December 1, 2021 deadline). Program officers will not review drafts submitted after this deadline. Staff will reply with a review of all drafts by November 8, 2021.

All organizations must submit their applications for NEH funding using Workspace ( or a system-to-system solution. Before using for the first time, each organization must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and register with

Eligible applicants may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this announcement. Two or more applications for federal funding and/or approved federal award budgets are not permitted to include overlapping project costs. Applicant Tools and Tips:

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

If you choose to submit a draft proposal, email it as an attachment to

If you have questions about this program, contact:

Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
TTY: 800-877-8399

For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:

Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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