Opportunity number
National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Projects for the Public
Due date
June 08,2022
Education & Workforce Innovation Research
Project funding
Program funding
Funding size
Up to $1M

Digital Projects for the Public

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.

All Digital Projects for the Public projects should

  • present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities ideas
  • incorporate sound humanities scholarship
  • involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production
  • include appropriate digital media professionals
  • reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution
  • create appealing digital formats for the general public
  • demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves.

All projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, non-specialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions. Applicants may also choose to identify particular communities and groups, including students, to whom a project may have particular appeal.

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What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

The goals focus on achieving positive public outcomes for communities and individuals; supporting the unique role of museums and libraries in preserving and providing access to collections and content; and promoting library, museum, and information service policies that ensure access to information for all Americans.

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Submit through Grants.gov

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Special district governments
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Discovery Project: University of Virginia, Participator Media



Carnegie Hall (New York, NY 10019-3210)
Christopher Amos (Project Director: June 2020 to present)

Timeline of African American Music: ProductionProduction of a website and interactive timeline on the history of African American music.

Carnegie Hall requests Digital Projects for the Public Production support to produce a fully-functional interactive digital timeline of the history of African American music for broad distribution to a general audience. The primary goal of the project is to create an engaging and innovative digital resource that makes humanities content on African American music, culture, and history accessible to a broad public audience. Continued funding will allow Carnegie Hall to build upon NEH support for the discovery and prototyping phases of the project, completing production and launching the new digital timeline in 2021.



Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (Collinsville, IL 62234-7617)
Jack Kerber (Project Director: June 2019 to present)

Back to the City of the Sun A/R ExperienceProduction of an augmented reality app for the Cahokia Mounds historic site and a complementary website.

This project is to produce an augmented reality application for Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. This experience will enable visitors to see structures, people, and other features of this ancient site through the lens of their smartphone or tablet. There will be extra audio and vision opportunities loaded to the experience as well as a complementary website. The website will include curriculum for school use. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is a UNESCO World Heritage and US National Historic Landmark. This project will greatly enhance the visitor’s experience and bring awareness of the site.



North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-7003)
Victoria Gallagher (Project Director: June 2018 to present)

The Virtual Martin Luther King Project: Producing Digital Experiences and Recovering Civil Rights HistoryProduction of a permanent and traveling multimedia exhibition and enhancements to a website exploring a little known but historically significant speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Support is requested for the production of six components of the Virtual Martin Luther King (vMLK) Project. The production of these six components will enable on-going public exhibitions of the vMLK project both online, via the project website, and in physical spaces such as museums and libraries. The public exhibitions in physical spaces will be produced so that they can be experienced individually (via self-guided tours) and collectively (staged and guided exhibitions). The online exhibitions will include both curricular-guided pedagogical experiences and humanities for the public-guided experiences. Additionally, the production process, particularly as articulated and evaluated through a workshop with humanities advisers and library and museum partners, will provide a template for other humanities scholars working to produce digital programs for the public whether they are tied to physical spaces/locations or fully articulated online for public audiences.

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