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1/16/2017 12:00 AM
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $3 million in funding for the first recipients of its new Humanities Access grant.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced the first recipients of its new Humanities Access grant. NEH said in a release that 34 institutions and organizations will receive a total of $3 million in matching funds to support humanities programming targeting groups that have lacked access to the humanities in the past.

Humanities Access grants support innovative projects that will help ensure that high-quality cultural programming is available to everyone,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adam in a statement. “Americans of every age, race, and economic status should be able to access the incredible opportunities that the humanities provide.”

Among the projects awarded NEH Humanities Access grants:

  • Expanded opportunities for families to connect with cultural and traditional resources at the Entrada Institute in Torrey, Utah;
  • A cultural pass that allows the young people of Louisville, Kentucky to visit over thirty different cultural institutions free of charge; and
  • A writing program for Lakota teenagers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota that helps them become engaged civic leaders.

The Humanities Access program offers grants of $50,000 and $100,000 to help enhance and support existing cultural programs for youth, communities of color and economically disadvantaged populations, NEH said. Over the course of the 40-year history of the Endowment’s Challenge program, its matching requirement has helped raise over $4 billion in third-party funds, further supporting the humanities across the country, said NEH.

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1/9/2017 12:00 AM

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has released a funding opportunity announcement for Programming Grants to Accompany NEH on the Road Exhibitions.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has released a funding opportunity announcement for Programming Grants to Accompany NEH on the Road Exhibitions. The grant program is designed to support ancillary public humanities programs as a way to supplement the NEH on the Road traveling exhibitions, NEH said.

According to the announcement, proposals should involve projects such as:

  • lectures;
  • reading and discussion programs;
  • film discussion programs;
  • Chautauqua presentations by scholars;
  • family programs; and
  • exhibition tours, as well as other appropriate formats that will reach the public.

NEH said successful applicants will receive an award of up to $1,000 for a project of up to three months in length.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that have confirmed a booking at one of the NEH on the Road Exhibitions through the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

The deadlines to apply are May 10, 2017; Sept. 13, 2017; and Dec. 27, 2017.

NEH on the Road Exhibitions are meant for the general public as a way to share stories about what it means to be American, according to the program website. Exhibitions are usually held in small to midsized museums, libraries, schools and universities throughout the country, NEH said.

To learn more about the Programming Grants or to apply, go to and search FON# 20171227-MR.

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1/2/2017 12:00 AM

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy recently announced up to $70 million in funding for its two newest programs.

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E) recently announced up to $70 million in funding for its two newest programs: Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) and Rhizosphere Observations Optimizing Terrestrial Sequestration (ROOTS). ARPA-E said REFUEL projects will use water, molecules from the air and electricity from renewable sources to produce high-energy liquid fuels for transportation and other uses, while ROOTS projects will tackle the growing problem of soil “carbon debt” by developing sensing technologies to help farmers choose crop varieties that better capture carbon molecules from the atmosphere and store them in their root systems.

“ARPA-E invests in programs that draw on a broad set of disciplines and require the bold thinking we need to build a better energy future,” said ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams in a release. “REFUEL’s way of creating fuels from commonly available molecules could drastically change how we power our cars and trucks, while ROOTS projects will help us find crops that trap carbon into the soil and reduce the need for costly, emissions-heavy fertilizers.”

Examples of projects include:

  • REFUEL—$35 million
  • Projects in the REFUEL program will develop scalable technologies for converting water, nitrogen and carbon dioxide into energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels and back into electricity or hydrogen fuel on demand. The REFUEL program will provide $35 million to 16 projects that will accelerate the shift to domestically produced transportation fuels and enable greater integration of renewable energy sources onto the grid, improving grid resiliency and American energy security.

  • ROOTS—$35 million
  • Through root and soil measurement and modeling to accelerate breeding activities, 10 projects in the ROOTS program will receive $35 million to develop crops that increase carbon deposition depth and accumulation by 50 percent, while also reducing nitrous oxide emissions by 50 percent and increasing water productivity by 25 percent.

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