America’s Media Makers: Development Grants

Grants for America’s Media Makers support media projects that explore significant events, figures, or developments in the humanities in creative and new ways. America’s Media Makers projects promote active exploration and engagement for broad public audiences in history, literature, archaeology, art history, comparative religion, philosophy, and other fields of the humanities.

NEH supports the development of humanities content and interactivity that excites, informs, and stirs thoughtful reflection. To that end, NEH urges applicants to consider more than one format for presenting humanities ideas to the public. Grants for America’s Media Makers should encourage audiences to engage with the humanities, promote dialogue and discussion, and foster learning among people of all ages.

Closing Date: Jan 28, 2009. Maximum Grant Amount: $75.000.

NEH offers two categories of grants for media projects, Development
Grants and Production Grants. Development grants enable media producers
to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format
and to prepare programs for production. These grants cover a wide range
of activities that include, but are not limited to, meetings and
individual consultations with scholars, location and archival research,
preliminary interviews, preparation of program scripts, designs for
interactivity and digital distribution, and the creation of
partnerships for outreach activities and public engagement with the
humanities. Development grants should culminate in the refinement of
the humanities ideas, a script, or a design document for (or a
prototype of) digital media components or projects. Development grants
may also result in a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement
in collaboration with partner organizations.

Before applying,
applicants must have a solid command of the major humanities
scholarship on the subject, have clarified the ideas that the project
will consider, and have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to
work out the intellectual issues that the program will explore.
Applicants must also have made preliminary decisions about the format
and storyline and located essential materials for the program(s).
Finally, they must have recruited the appropriate media professionals,
especially the producer, writer, or interactive designer. Production
grants support the preparation of a program for distribution.
Applicants must submit a script for a radio or television program, or a
prototype or storyboard for a digital media project, that demonstrates
a solid command of the humanities ideas and scholarship about the
subject. See application guidelines for Production Grants. Applications
may be submitted for any phase of a project. Applicants are not
required to obtain a development grant before applying for a production
grant. Applicants may not, however, submit multiple applications for
the same project at the same deadline. An applicant must choose whether
to apply for development or production of a particular project. If an
application for a project is already under review, another application
for the same project cannot be accepted.
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