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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Tribal Governments for Humanities Projects on the Indian Boarding School System

NEH-DOI Federal Boarding School Initiative Partnership


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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Department of the Interior (DOI)
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/01/23
Deadline: 12/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $30,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and tribal government agencies for humanities projects that further understanding of the Indian boarding school system. The purpose of the program is to advance public knowledge of the system's impact on the Native American population and its history.

Proposals on a variety of projects will be entertained, including but not limited to:

  • Addressing access to and/or conducting research of boarding school records;
  • Research regarding unmarked burials and grave sites associated with boarding schools;
  • Community conversations and public programming that engages the public with humanities-based activities related to the impacts of boarding schools;
  • Culture and language revitalization programming;
  • Research and assessment activities leading to future tribal repatriation efforts;
  • Tribal history projects, including oral histories and traditional knowledge sharing;
  • Digital projects resulting in virtual exhibitions, web content, and digital storytelling;
  • Educational materials and curriculum development for K-12 and higher education purposes; and 
  • Research leading to documentary films, exhibits, books, or other products that reach the general public. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for this opportunity, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are a federally recognized Native American tribal government, a nonprofit organization recognized as a tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code working with tribal communities, or a state or local government entity working with tribal communities.
- Your state, or a neighboring state, has hosted an event as part of the “The Road to Healing” tour OR your project serves a community that has been impacted by federal Indian boarding schools.
- You are in good standing with Federal grantmaking agencies.

Unallowable activities include:
- The promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
- Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action;
- Support of specific public policies or legislation;
- Lobbying;
- Activities that overlap directly with the primary work of other Federal agencies;
- Construction, alteration, and renovation; or
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities; the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; policy studies; and social science research that does not address humanistic questions and/or utilize humanistic methods.

Pre-Application Information
Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to apply for this opportunity by November 1, 2023.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 1, 2023.

NEH will accept requests for a Chair’s Grant related to the FIBSI on a rolling basis until December 1, 2023. NEH staff are allowed to comment upon one draft version of your request if received before October 1, 2023.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
At least fifteen awards will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $30,000 each

Term of Contract
Proposals must indicate a project start date between January 1, 2024 – March 1, 2024 and the period of performance for this award cannot exceed 15 months.

Contact Information
Submit letter of intent to Jason Packineau at

Submit applications and drafts to

National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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