The ChallengeThe Trump administration apparently will propose to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of its budget proposal to Congress. Since 88% of our annual operating budget comes from the NEH, this change would have dire consequences for the North Carolina Humanities Council and the public humanities in the state. LEARN MORE
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The Challenge: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is again in jeopardy, with elimination of its federal funding part of the President Trump administration’s budget proposal to Congress. Since 88% of our annual operating budget comes from the NEH, this change would have dire consequences for the North Carolina Humanities Council and the public humanities in the state.
In 2016, the NEH received $148 million in federal funding. Of that total, $43 million went to state councils across the country, including $923,640 to North Carolina. This core funding is essential in enabling us to deliver outstanding programs tailored to local and regional interest and reaching geographical areas and groups that would otherwise not have access to such programs.
The Council has a vital role in preserving and sharing the stories that bring our state’s culture to life through the humanities:
Benefit to rural communities: We work with dozens of local libraries, cultural institutions, agencies and other partners to provide opportunities for residents to learn about the state’s traditions, history and culture through humanities-based programming such as Roads Scholars and Museum on Main Street. The quality, variety and affordability of our programming make the Council a valuable partner for small towns and rural communities.
Support for the military: The importance of the Council’s work can be seen in a focus on military personnel and their families. Tens of thousands of active duty personnel and returning veterans who live in North Carolina have something to say -- and it is our honor and duty to help them say it. For example, our Veterans Reading Groups expose veterans to stories, literature and poetry, as a way to help them connect, explore issues and reflect on their experiences together. Our grants program, Standing Together, allows communities to plan military programs in their communities locally.
Return on investment: In overseeing the NEH grant, the Council maximizes cost efficiency and educational value for the dollars invested. We have a reputation for administrative acumen, fiscal responsibility and the ability to do a lot with limited resources. We are excellent stewards of the funding we receive from NEH, as well as our corporate underwriters and donors like you.
Local control: Having a state council ensures that federal funding is focused on what North Carolina residents want and need, especially rural communities with limited program offerings and resources. We ensure that citizens across the state -- from students to seniors -- have access to the public humanities and the educational, entertainment, social and other benefits they offer.
Now we need your help in telling our story to the state’s congressional representatives, to convince them to sustain the NEH funding that is crucial to our mission. Please call or write your Congressional representative and/or senator to make the case for continued federal funding of the NEH and the Council, and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Click here for a roster of the members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation and their contact information. Thank you for your commitment to the work of the Council and preservation of the public humanities in North Carolina.