The House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would provide $145 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in FY 2018. While this is a $4.8 million reduction from the FY 2017 levels, it illustrates strong bipartisan support for public humanities work in communities across the country and a desire to see that work continue.
While the bill reduces NEH’s funding by 3.2%, we’re pleased to see that, for now, the NEH has been spared the more drastic cuts other governmental agencies are facing.
In an additional validation of the work we do in local communities, the specific line item in the NEH budget that funds state humanities councils around the nation (including VFH) was increased to $48 million, a $2 million increase over FY 2017.
The appropriations process is in its early stages, and the NEH still faces hurdles in the House and the Senate. Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of the NEH and VFH. We will continue to issue updates when urgent action is needed.
For more information on how you can help #SaveTheNEH visit the National Humanities Alliance’s Take Action page.