NEH American History and Civics Education: National Convenings

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for a fifteen-month cooperative agreement of up to $650,000 to plan, develop, and implement a series of two national convenings that will focus on an assessment of the state of civics education and knowledge of American history and government in K-12 education and publish a report on the findings for voluntary use by the education community. Following publication of the report, the cooperator will organize a national forum in Washington, D.C. to disseminate the reports’ findings, which will serve as the launch event of a robust national dissemination strategy, including both traditional and digital media, to the education community and general public.

The goal of the project will be to highlight innovative evidence-based approaches, learning strategies, and professional development, with an emphasis on activities and programs that benefit low-income and underserved populations. This opportunity is offered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education (ED), as part of its American History and Civics Education—National Activities program.

The convenings will bring together roughly 20-30 non-federal national leaders, researchers, and practitioners from educational institutions, and non-profit and for-profit organizations, and should serve as a forum to share ideas and solutions. They will also offer opportunities to analyze gaps in the field expressed by practitioners, experts, and scholars, and to facilitate a national conversation about literacy in American history and civics. Approximately 50 federal staff members will also attend the convenings. The national forum will include up to 300 attendees, including the national convening participants.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST July 30, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: August 12, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (no more than 1000 characters): Provide a brief description of your project. The description should be written for a nonspecialist audience and clearly state the importance of the proposed work and its relation to larger issues in the humanities.
  • PI Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


Eligible organizations must have proven subject matter expertise in American history, civics, and government and experience in coordinating national convenings.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An eligible institution may submit only one application.

Award Information

NEH will award one cooperative agreement of up to $650,000.

The period of performance is October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. The first convening must be held no later than February 14, 2020. The second convening must be held no later than March 31, 2020.