Late last night, Congress released a comprehensive spending deal that includes an increase of $3 million dollars for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the remainder of FY 2018. The NEH is a major source of support for linguistics research, including the Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program, funded jointly with the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This is a huge victory for humanities advocates!

After the Trump administration proposed the elimination of the NEH, NEA, and several other humanities programs, the humanities community, including LSA members, sent over 160,000 messages to Congress, wrote scores of op-eds, and met with hundreds of Congressional offices. In the end, Congress not only rejected the Trump administration’s proposals at every turn but also increased funding for the NEH! This increase comes on the heels of $2 million dollar funding increases in each of the past two years.

The good news does not end with the NEH. The bill also includes increases for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Woodrow Wilson Center and level funding for the Department of Education’s international education programs (Title VI and Fulbright-Hays) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The spending bill notes that the increases will help the NEH enhances its support for the preservation of Native languages and cultures and local history preservation initiatives, as well as fund a new program to build infrastructure and capacity for humanities organizations. The bill also lauds the work of the state humanities councils and highlights several of the NEH’s exemplary programs, including the National Digital Newspaper Program and those designed for veterans and tribal communities.

Read the full NHA analysis of the spending bill here. Thank you to the linguistics community for your continued advocacy!