American History and Civics Academies


Discretionary/Competitive Grants

American History and Civics Education, National Activities (AHC-A)

American History and Civics Education – The Academies Program supports the establishment of:

  1. President Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strength their knowledge of American History, Civic, and Government education (Presidential Academies);
  2. Congressional Academies for students of American History and Civics that provide high school students opportunities to enrich their understanding of these subjects (Congressional Academies).

What’s New

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for the American History and Civics Academies program published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2021 and closes on August 18, 2021. The Department of Education plans to award approximately $1.7 million to eligible applicants to support  the establishment of academies that will improve teaching and learning of American History, government and civics for teachers and students. This grant competition contains two absolute priority, one competitive preference priorities and two invitational priority. Please review the published NIA in the Federal Register for complete details on the FY 2021 AHC-A grant competition.

More FY 2021 AHC-A grant competition resources will be added to the website at they become available. Please check back frequently for website updates.

FY 2021 AHC-A Call for Peer Reviewers

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer for either of the American History and Civics Education programs please review the call for peer reviewers attached below. If you have any additional questions about this process, please contact EED program staff at

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Contact Information

  • Diana Schneider, Program Contact
    American History and Civics Academies
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave., SW
    Washington D.C. 20202-6244

American History and Civics Academies

Last Modified: 07/22/2021