AIA News

December 30, 2013

A Special Opportunity to AM Attendees to Meet with a NEH Officer to Discuss Funding Needs

The AIA and APA Joint Annual Meeting is excited to offer a special opportunity to attendees to meet with a senior programs officer at NEH to discuss your funding needs.

You’ve got a great project—now all you need is the money to support it. Where do you get it? Why do certain projects get funded and others don’t? What should the key elements of your application be?

Find the answers to these questions and more by making an appointment to meet with a representative from  the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Maneuvering through the grant process can be challenging, but by understanding what the funder is looking for, you can help take some of the guess work out of the process and increase your chances for success. Mary Downs, a Senior Programs Officer from NEH will be onsite and is excited speak with attendees about funding opportunities across all NEH  offices and divisions — including Public Programs, Research, Education, Digital Humanities, as well as her own Division of Preservation and Access funding programs.

How to make an appointment to discuss your grant application:

Appointment availability: Friday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

There are eight appointment times available as each appointment is a half an hour in length.  AM attendees should email Ms. Downs directly at you may also stop by the AIA kiosk for additional information. (Appointments are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis). 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Mary Downs, Senior Programs Officer

Division of Preservation and Access

National Endowment for the Humanities

1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20506

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a range of grant opportunities to advance knowledge in all fields of the humanities. Forms of research grants, which are available to both individuals and groups of collaborators, include:  

  • education grants in the form of summer seminars and institutes to promote research and advanced training for teachers at both the college and high school levels;
  • preservation and access grants intended to conserve and make available important humanities collections;
  • public programs awards to support exhibitions and documentaries aimed at the general public
  • challenge grants offering matching funds for building and endowment projects; and
  • digital humanities fund applications in support of integrating technology to humanities topics.

All applications undergo a rigorous process of peer review; information on awarded grants and application guidelines can be found on the NEH website (

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