Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 3/19/2024

Cultural and Community Resilience

The Cultural and Community Resilience program supports community-based efforts to address the impacts of climate change and COVID-19 by safeguarding cultural resources and fostering cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experiences. The program prioritizes projects from disadvantaged communities in the United States or its jurisdictions.

Projects should fall into one of two categories: community collecting initiatives or oral history programs. All projects must address the impacts of either climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic on one or more communities. The program welcomes both modest projects and larger ones and supports projects at any stage, from preliminary planning to final steps and implementation.

Project activities may take many forms, including but not limited to: 

  • Collaborative planning to identify cultural and historical resources; 
  • Documentation of cultural and historical resources through digital means; 
  • Recording oral histories;
  • Preserving Traditional Knowledge, practices, or technologies, and memories of elders and community, including in languages other than English; or
  • Establishing shared resources and protocols for rapid response collecting. 

NEH welcomes applications at all stages of project development and encourages the use of inclusive methodologies. These might include folkloric, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic modes of inquiry; oral histories; participatory archiving; shared stewardship arrangements; and community-centered access. NEH also encourages leveraging open access online resources and using Creative Commons licenses, when possible and as appropriate.


  • Optional Draft: April 9, 2024
  • Applications: May 21, 2024
Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply, your organization must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following: • a nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code • an accredited institution of higher education (public or nonprofit) • a state or local government or one of their agencies • a federally recognized Native American Tribal government 

You may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. An individual, however, may not serve as project director for multiple projects under this notice.  

Amount Description

You may request up to $150,000. This includes the sum of direct and indirect costs. NEH anticipates awarding approximately $2,500,000 among an estimated fifteen to twenty recipients per deadline.