Support Public Humanities: Preserve NEH Funding in NC

The North Carolina Humanities Council receives nearly 88% of its annual operating budget from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a federal agency. 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 that 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.

Four reasons why NEH funding is so 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, call, email, or write your Senators and House Representative and encourage them to continue supporting the essential, ongoing cultural work of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Tips and suggestions for writing your elected officials are provided below:

  • 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

The public humanities help us learn about our communities and share our stories and experiences. They provide understanding and appreciation of history and culture, promote literacy and employability, and boost local economies. With the help of dedicated constituents like you, the citizens of North Carolina will continue to realize the many benefits that the public humanities offer.

Thank you for participating in this important effort, and for your ongoing support of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Please contact us with questions or comments.

Advocacy Resources 

The following links provide additional resources to help you advocate for continued federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the North Carolina Humanities Council.

  • An advocacy letter template and tips you for writing your elected officials
    Support Public Humanities: Preserve NEH Funding in NC - Letter Template

  • Call - Use this tool created by the Federation of State Humanities Councils to call your members of congress and tell them you support continued funding for the NEH.

  • Email - Use this tool created by the Federation of State Humanities Councils to call your members of congress and tell them you support continued funding for the NEH.

  • Join in the national conversation on social media by using the hashtag #SupportNEH and share why the humanities matter to you. If you don't already, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter stay in touch. We will have advocacy updates in the coming weeks and months.

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, at pwatkins@nchumanities.org or call (704) 687-1520

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NC has two Senators:

Richard Burr

Thom Tillis 

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

1st       G.K. Butterfield

2nd      George Holding

3rd       Walter Jones

4th       David Price

5th       Virginia Foxx

6th       Mark Walker

7th       David Rouzer

8th       Richard Hudson

9th       Robert Pittenger

10th     Patrick McHenry

11th     Mark Meadows

12th     Alma Adams

13th     Ted Budd