The State Humanities Councils

Serving communities, promoting understanding, and engaging citizens through programs and grants

The state humanities councils are nonpartisan, independent nonprofits that support grassroots humanities programming throughout every U.S. state and territory. The councils are funded in part by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities with many raising additional funds from corporations, foundations, private individuals, and the state government.

The State Humanities Councils:

Reach diverse populations through programs geared to seniors, youth, numerous ethnic groups, and new citizens

Enhance education through literacy programs, professional development opportunities, workshops, and print and online resources for K-12 students and educators.

Build a more competitive workforce by fostering knowledge, creativity, and critical thinking, and through discussions of local issues, politics, literature, film and exhibits

Boost local economies by providing grants to libraries, museums and other cultural institutions, attracting businesses and employees through engaged community, and promoting cultural tourism through online tours, folklife and book festivals and living history performances.

Fund family literacy programs that help children succeed and parents obtain jobs

Support veterans by re-energizing VA hospital staff, helping reintegrate veterans into their communities and providing opportunities for veterans to share their experiences with each other, their families and their community.

Preserve local history and heritage through funding oral history projects, online encyclopedias and documentaries.

Serve rural residents by bringing cultural resources such as traveling exhibits, speakers and library programs to rural communities

Explore state humanities council programs by area of interest, audience and state to learn more about the importance and impact of the public humanities throughout the nation.


Find & Connect with a State Humanities Council

Use our interactive map to locate a state humanities council in your area, learn more about their programs and connect with them.

The Schwartz Prize

Honoring Outstanding Work in the Humanities

The Schwartz Prize is awarded every year for innovative council programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their state. Funded through an endowment from former Federation board member Martin Schwartz and his wife Helen, the winners are announced at an awards ceremony during the National Humanities Conference.

Learn More About the Schwartz Prize

Latest News from the State Councils


Help Save the NEH!

March 17, 2017

President Trump’s budget blueprint, released on March 16, recommends eliminating the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Federation of State Humanities Councils vigorously rejects this short-sighted proposal, which would devastate America’s humanities infrastructure.

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Support the NEH and the State Humanities Councils

January 27, 2017

Proposals to severely cut or eliminate NEH, while dismaying, are not new. The NEH and the state humanities councils have weathered previous storms by attracting strong bipartisan support and offering outstanding programming.

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