Public Humanities Projects


The Public Humanities Projects program supports the development of in-person programming that brings the ideas and insights of humanities disciplines such as history, literature, ethics and art history to life for general audiences.

The program supports projects in three categories:


501(c)(3) nonprofits, state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education

Role In Creative Placemaking

These funds could support the development of exhibitions, interpretive history presentations, tours or other programs that reflect shared community history or culture or engage community members in discussions about the same, or attract visitors to the community for the purpose of cultural tourism.




Telfair Museum of Art exhibit Owens-Thomas House: Interpreting the Dynamics of Urban Slavery in the South – Savannah, GA

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center exhibit More Than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford’s Fishing Industry – New Bedford, MA

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.