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Copy of Talk to the Grant Makers: A Two Part Course with Mary Downs from NEH


Instructor: Mary Downs

Where: Online

When: Part 1: Thursday, July 6th at 9:30 - 10:30am PDT  

            Part 2: Wednesday, July 12th at 9:30 - 10:30am PDT

Duration: 60 Minutes (each session)

Cost: $75 (includes both classes)

What you will learn: Most archaeology projects – whether they entail fieldwork, documentation, data management, collections management, training, or presentation to the public – require some kind of funding. Sources of funding may be internal to your institution, public, or private.  Learning how to pitch your project and honing your grant-writing skills are essential for securing funding and advancing in your field.  In this two-part webinar series, you’ll hear about NEH grant opportunities and learn about strategies to improve your chances for funding.  Part 1 provides an overview of the agency, its programs and special initiatives, as well as highlights and examples of recent notable projects.  Part 2 will cover specific grant programs of particular interest to archaeologists, curators, and collections and data managers, as well as tips and resources for writing successful proposals.

Instructor Bio: Mary E. Downs is Senior Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where she coordinates programs that document endangered languages and that support small cultural heritage institutions to preserve their humanities collections.  At NEH, Downs has led efforts to target funding for preservation and revitalization of Native American language and culture, and for preservation of at-risk cultural heritage.  She previously served at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Park Service.  Prior to her federal service, Downs did archaeological field work on Roman sites in Italy, France, and Spain, taught Classical art and archaeology, Latin, and Italian, and was map editor of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, published by Princeton University Press in 2000.  She received a Fulbright fellowship for her research on cultural contact between Romans and Iberians in southern Spain and holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Classical archaeology from Indiana University.