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Dialogues on the Experience of War

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for
Humanities-Based Discussions Concerning War

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

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10/15/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to foster humanities-based discussion and study concerning the experience of war. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. This program is primarily designed to serve military veterans, military families, and men and women in active services; however, interested members of the public are also welcome to participate.

The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. 

Awards will support:

- The convening of at least two sustained discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants

- The creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train discussion leaders

Preparatory training and discussion programs may take place in veterans’ centers, at public libraries or cultural centers, on college and university campuses, and at other community venues.

The discussion programs must:

- Treat at least two historically distinct conflicts in depth: one from the earliest wars through World War I, and a second from the wars after World War I

- Focus on the close study of sources drawn from at least two distinct genres (such as historical writings, memoirs, military biographies, speeches and letters, philosophical writings, documentaries, fiction, and artworks)

- Engage participants in deep discussion of the selected humanities sources and the issues that they raise

- Convene participants for multiple sessions to foster sustained and inclusive dialogue

Preparatory training programs: Applicants must assemble a team to develop a preparatory training program. The preparatory program should be designed to train discussion facilitators, referred to as discussion leaders. The program should include the following:

- Close study of the humanities sources at the heart of the discussions

- Modeling and practice in leading humanities discussions (for example, posing questions designed to explore texts and elicit discussion of the texts’ contemporary relevance; articulating rules of civil discourse; encouraging group inquiry; moderating disagreements)

- Developing the discussion leaders’ knowledge and awareness of the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of military veterans and service members

- Building a virtual or actual network of discussion leaders and resources for future versions of the program and/or new programs

For more information on each of the program areas, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160163

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

Recipients may begin their period of performance as early as May 1, 2020, but they must begin no later than September 1, 2020.

Grants will typically support preparatory programs and the convening of at least two discussion groups to be held over the course of a twelve- to twenty-four month grant period.


  • 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:

Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Eligible organizations include institutions of higher education.

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

NEH generally does not award grants 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 grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

NEH will not review late, incomplete, or ineligible applications.

NEH funds may not be used for:

- Development of curricular or pedagogical methods or theories
- Preparation of courses for high school students, undergraduates, or graduate students (other than those designed to train students—in particular, veterans who are undergraduates or graduate students—as discussion leaders)
- Commercial, for-profit, or proprietary textbook research or revision
- Doctoral dissertations, theses, or research pertaining to a graduate degree program
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Psychological therapy, medical treatment, and career counseling
- Lobbying
- Projects that fall outside the humanities such as the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received and validated by by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 15, 2019.

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

The registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
- Dun and Bradstreet (
- System for Award Management (SAM) (
- (; The initial registration process can take up to two weeks.

In order to apply through, the applicant organization must first have or obtain a valid Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) number, and register (or have an active registration) in the System for Award Management (SAM). Note: If you are registering in for the first time, you must provide an original, signed notarized letter stating that you are the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity associated with the D-UN-S® number. Read the SAM update and FAQs to learn more about this process change. The initial SAM registration can take up to six weeks.

You are encouraged to submit an optional preliminary sketch or draft of your proposal to get advice from NEH staff before you submit an application. Please email your preliminary sketch or draft proposal before September 10, 2019. Staff may be unable to respond to sketches or drafts submitted after this date.


- Before the October 15, 2019 deadline: Contact Division of Education Programs program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
- September 3, 2019: Applicants that have not registered in, the System for Award Management (SAM), and should begin the process by this date
- September 10, 2019: Submit preliminary sketches or draft proposals by this date (optional)
- October 1, 2019: Applicants that have registered in SAM and should verify their registrations by this date
- October 15, 2019: Applications must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on this date
- December 2019: Peer review panels take place
- March 2020: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
- March 2020: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- April 2020: Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management
- May 1, 2020: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date
- June 2020: anticipated project directors meeting in Washington, DC
- September 1, 2020: Successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date

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Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

Phone: 202-606-8337
TTY: 800-877-8399

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