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Geographic Information

Many NEH-funded projects have a geographic reach that goes far beyond the city or state where the NEH grant recipient is located. In partnership with NEH grantees, the National Humanities Alliance is documenting NEH-funded programs that have extensive geographic reach. On this page, you can browse maps that document a wide range of these programs and then you can visit other pages in this National Impact section of the website to learn more about these programs. Clicking on the individual map images will take you to an ArcGIS application, where you can explore the maps more thoroughly.

Pandemic Relief

Through the NEH, the CARES Act of 2020 provided $75 million specifically for humanities organizations. With these funds, the NEH awarded economic stabilization grants to 317 humanities organizations, supporting thousands of jobs. Additionally, with the $30 million immediately distributed to them, the NEH’s partners at the state and jurisdictional humanities councils reached 4,175 organizations in the United States through small grants programs. And through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the NEH was able to award $59 million to 292 humanities organizations. With $52.6 million, the state and jurisdictional humanities councils were able to make awards to 4,012 organizations. An additional $28.8 million is being awarded through independent humanities organizations. Click here for more information on these grants.

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Each summer, NEH-funded Seminars, Institutes, and Landmarks Workshops bring together teachers from across the country for professional development programs that offer insights into humanities topics. In these maps, explore the locations of these programs from 2005–2020 and see where participants came from in the years 2012-2017. Click here for more information on these programs.

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Preserving Cultural Heritage

In addition to direct grants to collecting institutions, the NEH helps cultural organizations throughout the U.S. preserve our heritage through its funding of field school programs. These centrally-located programs support preservation education and training through professional development programs, loan equipment, and provide expert advice to smaller organizations located throughout the U.S. These maps explore the impact of three field programs hosted by organizations in California, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. Learn more about these programs here.

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Public Programs

Through partnerships with organizations like the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the American Library Association, the NEH brings public programs and traveling exhibitions to communities throughout the United States. In these maps, explore the geographic reach of the NEH on the Road initiative and the reach of NEH-funded programs that partner with community libraries. Learn more about these programs here.

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Chronicling America

Through a partnership with the Library of Congress, Chronicling America (also called the National Digital Newspaper Program) documents the history of the United States from 1780 to 1963 by digitizing the historical newspapers of every state. In this map, explore the newspapers that have been digitized by this initiative by location—you can even click through to see the newspapers hosted on the Library of Congress website. Click here to learn more about this initiative.

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