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Resources and Links compiled and annotated by SALEM in History staff.


Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institution Grants
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
The Roosevelt Presidential Library provides grants of up to $2500 for research in their archives on the Roosevelt Era. See website for application and deadlines.

Funding Announcements

This page of the H-Net website includes a listing of upcoming grant deadlines.

Grants for Individuals

Michigan State University
The MSU library website has a large list of grants available to individuals in a number of areas, including history and education.

Kennedy Library Research Grants
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
The JFK Library offers several grants for researchers utilizing the collections of the library. Although preference is given for PhD candidates, all proposals are welcome. Stipends range from $500 to $2500. See website for details.

Local Cultural Council Program
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Through the MCC Local Cultural Council Program, cities and towns make grant money available for arts and education programs in their communities. The website has a list of contacts for local cultural councils.

Millipore Foundation
The Millipore Foundation funds programs including educational institutions and programs with an emphasis on grades K through 12 and culture.

Presidential Libraries Grants
National Archives & Records Administration

Funding is available from private foundations for research in several presidential libraries, including the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in New York and the Herbert Hoover Library in Iowa. Grants range from $500 to $2500.

Rogers Family Foundation
The Rogers Family Foundation was funded by the owners of Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company. They fund programs in the area of historical preservation, education and youth development, among others.

Save Our History Grants
History Channel
The History Channel offers grants up to $10,000 for schools to partner with local history organizations on projects that work to preserve local history. See website for application details and deadlines.


Associated Grant Makers
Associated Grant Makers is an organization connecting non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Their Boston office has a library of grant resources and offers classes on grant research and writing (some are free). There is also free public access to many of AGM’s resources at the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation at 246 Market Street, Lowell (

Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library Social Sciences Department in Copley Square has a collection of material for grant researchers and writers, including grant directories and guides to proposal writing.

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center website has information on grant seeking and grant writing, and much of the material is free.
Provides a free database of grants that can be searched by keyword and funding agency.

Grants Office

Salem State College
The Salem State College Grants Office provides grant research and writing support to SSC faculty, staff and students. The Grants Office website has a list of resources, grants databases, proposal writing guides and a glossary of grants terminology. The website also has a list of upcoming grants deadlines.


“A Teacher’s Guide to Fellowships and Awards”
Massachusetts Department of Education
This is an online guide to fellowships and awards available to teachers in Massachusetts. Included is a section on history/social studies. Of particular interest:

  • Ellender Fellowships, for high school teachers to travel to Washington, D.C. with their students.
  • FASSE General Grant, for innovative projects in social studies education.
  • Geraldine R. Dodge Curriculum Design Award in History, for grade 7-12 innovative history curriculum design.
  • Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards.
  • Taft Seminars for Teachers, advanced courses in American constitutional government for teachers.
  • TORCH Programs, one week summer institutes for middle and high school teachers.

Also on the DOE website is information on the following Educator Recognition Programs (

  • George Washington Teachers’ Institute, a one-week study program held at Mount Vernon.
  • Preserve American History Teacher of the Year.

Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award
National Council for the Social Studies
Grants of up to $1,500 to assist social studies classroom teachers in developing and implementing imaginative, innovative, and illustrative social studies teaching strategies; and supporting student implementation of innovative social studies, citizenship projects, field experiences, and community connections.

C-SPAN Teacher Fellowships
The C-SPAN Teacher Fellowships bring middle and high school teachers who use material from the C-SPAN online archives in their classroom to Washington, D.C. to share their lessons with other educators.

National Endowment for the Humanities
The NEH offers fellowships for primary and secondary school teachers to conduct full-time advanced research in the humanities. See the website for instructions and deadlines.

James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowships
James Madison Fellowships are granted to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution.

Research Fellowships

Boston Athenaeum
The Boston Athenaeum offers up to eight month-long fellowships to conduct research in their collections. Research may be used to develop curriculum and programs, and secondary school teachers are invited to apply. Stipends of up to $1,500 are provided for selected applicants. See the website for details and restrictions.

Teacher Fellowships
Massachusetts Historical Society
The Massachusetts Historical Society offers two summer fellowships for K-12 teachers. They each provide a $4000 stipend for one month of research to prepare primary source-based
curricula based on material in the MHS collections. The Adams Teacher Fellowship requires the use of the Adams Family Papers ( The Swensrud Teacher
Fellowship is available for projects using any primary sources in the MHS collections.

    Nation Endowment for the Humanities
    The National Endowment for the Humanities offers a variety of opportunities for scholars, educators and non-profit organizations. Of particular interest:

    • NEH Fellowships, which support scholars (including primary and secondary school teachers) in conducting advanced research in the humanities. Awards of up to $40,000 for full-time research.
    • Grants for Teaching & Learning Resources and Curriculum Development, to bring teachers and scholars together to create model curriculum in the humanities. Organizational funding of up to $200,000 is available.


Civil War Teachers Institute
The Civil War Preservation Trust runs a free Civic War Teachers Institute for grade 4-12 teachers.

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops
National Endowment for the Humanities
Landmarks of American History summer workshops for teachers are offered across the country during the summer. They are designed to facilitate learning about particular aspects of American history through the study of primary sources and the interpretation of historical sites. K-12 teachers are eligible to apply for workshops. If selected, applicants receive a stipend of $500 to help cover travel, living expenses and books. See the website for an updated list of summer workshops and application details.

Summer Seminars for Teachers
Gilder Lehrman Institute
The Gilder Lehrman Institute (in NYC) runs week-long summer seminars for teachers of history. Seminars are taught by scholars from universities across the country. Tuition is free and accepted teachers receive books, housing and a $500 stipend. See website for upcoming topics, applications and deadlines.

Supreme Court Institutes and Seminars
Supreme Court Historical Society & Street Laws, Inc.
“The Institutes and Seminars are designed to help teachers grow professionally by deepening their knowledge about the Supreme Court and learning innovative teaching methods to help students master standards-based content related to the Court and its cases.”

Teacher Resource Center
Organization of American Historians
This website provides information about publications, resources and activities for history teachers. Includes links to the OAH Magazine of History, recommended reading, conferences and professional development opportunities.