The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $79 million in grants for 290 humanities projects and programs across the United States, including more than $4 million to book-related projects.

The NEH, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is an independent federal agency dedicated to funding humanities projects three times a year to proposals approved by panels of independent reviewers.

Much of the funding allotted to book-related projects will go to grantees in the "public scholar" program. Examples include Bowdoin College professor Matthew Klingle's Sweet Blood, a forthcoming history of diabetes from the 19th century to the present, and Gayle Feldman, an independent scholar who is compiling a biography of Random House co-founder Bennett Cerf called Bennett Cerf: The Man Who Published America.

Grants were awarded to institutions, scholars, and humanities organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and some U.S. territories. More information on the grants can be found on the NEH website.

“Our funding supports museums, libraries, and cultural institutions, and the local state councils that create and sustain humanities programs in their communities,” NEH chairman William D. Adams said in a statement. “Through films, original research, and new intellectual insights, our grants strengthen the nation’s cultural fabric and identity.”