The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency that supports humanities projects and initiatives, including those for education, historical preservation, and public-facing scholarship. Recent budget proposals allocate zero funding to the NEH, an extreme stance that disregards the local impact of the agency and its role in preserving and advancing American culture and scholarship.
The NEH Impact Index makes visible the impact of the NEH on local communities and cultural institutions. Enter a zip code and search radius to find projects funded by the NEH in that region. Projects are color-coded by category to show their impact in areas such as education, preservation, and public programs.
The NEH Impact Index was created as part of an effort by Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI) to highlight the impact of the NEH, not only in the humanities but also in the wider culture. The Digital Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of graduate students led by Matthew K. Gold and Lisa M. Rhody, is undertaking a variety of approaches to underscore the value of organizations such as the NEH. This site was created by Patrick Smyth, a GC Digital Fellow and graduate student in English at the Graduate Center.