Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative

Funding Agency:
Library of Congress

With this notice, the Library of Congress invites education-focused organizations knowledgeable about teaching about and/or creating music and other creative arts to apply for 12-month cooperative agreements, of up to $100,000 each, to develop digitally-enabled learning initiatives for secondary education based on creative arts-driven instructions, especially focused on music, in history, civics and democracy. Successful proposals may receive funding for up to three years as further described in Section A.4.

The purpose of this notice is to identify awardee organizations that will design and implement digitally-enabled educational products in which the Library’s music or creative arts-focused primary sources and other online materials are central to teaching and learning.

Awards made under Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative must include rights-free materials from the Library’s vast collections of music and creative arts-related resources to develop curriculum, teaching materials, and tools for history, civic and democracy instruction targeted toward high school students.

Funded projects will support the Library’s mission to use its collections to connect with all Americans, including those representing diverse communities, beliefs and endeavors to engage, inspire and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity.

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants must

• Be education-focused organizations knowledgeable about teaching about and/or creating music and other creative arts-based materials, public or private organizations, both not-for profit and for-profit organizations including institutions of higher education, K-12 school districts, professional associations, library systems, museums, cultural institutions, state agencies, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and other educational entities;

• Be based in any of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories, and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands); and

• Propose a project that must be conducted within the United States or U.S. commonwealth or territory.



Amount Description

The Library’s intention is to make up to six cooperative agreement awards of up to $100,000 each. Actual awards may be less than $100,000. The Library may choose to make no awards or more than six awards

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

External Deadline

June 30, 2023