Support Public Humanities: Preserve NEH Funding in NC

The North Carolina Humanities Council receives nearly 88 percent of its annual operating budget from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH received $148 million in federal funding in the current budget, $43 million of which went to state councils across the country, including $923,640 to North Carolina in fiscal year 2016. Unfortunately, the vital functions the Council serves in North Carolina are in jeopardy.

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. Without these crucial dollars, we would not be able to offer programs that transform lives through public humanities.

Why NEH Funding is Important to North Carolina?

  1. Opportunities for small towns and rural communities
  2. Support for military personnel and their families
  3. Strong return on public investment
  4. In-state oversight that benefits North Carolina citizens

How Can You Help?

  • Please visit, callemail and write, your senators and house representative and encourage them to continue supporting the essential, ongoing cultural work of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Use these tools for writing, calling and emailing about your support.
  • Describe how a program you attended was enlightening, educational or inspiring to your community.
  • Thank elected officials for the funding that made the program possible. 
  • Urge elected officials to make the humanities a cornerstone of public life by continuing to support funding for the NEH.
  • Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #SaveTheNEH and share why the humanities matter to you. Pleaselike us on Facebook and follow us on Twitterstay in touch.

Find your Representatives

NC has two Senators:

NC has13 Congressional District Seats in the House of Representatives: Don’t know your district? Find it here.

If you need additional information, or if you would like to talk about a contact that you made, please email our Executive Director, Paula Watkins or call (704) 687-1520