The House of Representatives has passed ten of the twelve FY 21 appropriations bills and rejected the president’s proposed budget cuts across-the-board. As a result, we have the final House numbers for most agencies and programs that affect history, archives, humanities, and education.
Our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) have issued a legislative alert seeking additional funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the next round of COVID-19 assistance legislation Congress is expected to consider soon. NCH has been working closely with NHA throughout the pandemic in supporting increased federal funding for the humanities community. The NEH more >
Listed below are links to federal financial resources related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Be sure to check these sites often since the information is being updated constantly. Note: Congress is expected to pass legislation related to small business funding shortly. Given how quickly funding from the last relief bill was depleted, you must apply ASAP! more >
Today the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2018 assessment of US eight-graders proficiency in US History, civics and geography was released. Scores in all three subjects decreased since the last time the assessment was conducted in 2014.
Below are links to the COVID-19 resources available from history and archival-related federal agencies. It also includes a link to the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 page detailing the financial loan programs they have available. Small Business Administration https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources National Archives https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/coronavirus National Endowment for the Humanities https://www.neh.gov/news/information-neh-and-covid-19 Institute of Museum and more >
The National Coalition for History (NCH) has submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Administration’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NCH criticized the proposed $2.1 million reduction in Operating Expenses (OE) for FY 21, down to a level of $356.9 million. NCH asked the more >
The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, have submitted a letter to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees outlining the many challenges that humanities institutions and educators are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis. The letter asks them to include supplemental funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities more >
The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Don Young (R-AK), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to seek support for additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). They have circulated a “Dear Colleague” more >
On February 10, the White House released its detailed budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2021. As has become the norm since taking office, the president’s budget proposes devastating cuts to federal humanities and history funding. These include elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Historical more >
The US Semiquincentennial Commission has issued its long-awaited report to President Trump proposing a blueprint for the nation’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Below is an update on the commission’s activities prepared by the American Association for State and Local History. AASLH has organized a coordinating committee to facilitate communication and more >