The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for the five Humanities Initiatives programs: Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities, Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges.
The purpose of these programs is to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.
NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects. Projects may, but need not be, related to the cultural identity of the applicant institution. For example, it would be allowable for a HispanicServing Institution to submit a proposal on ancient Greek drama.
The Humanities Initiative programs may support activities such as, but not limited to:
- Curricular planning and/or community and relationship building that support the institutional mission;
- Creation of bridge programs for first-year, first-generation, at-risk, nontraditional, and/or secondary school students;
- Creation or revision of composition and other courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking in order to incorporate humanities methods and resources;
- New or enhanced humanities programs, including new majors, minors, certificates, or concentrations, honors programs, first-year seminars, culturally-relevant or place-based curricula, and capstone courses;
- Creation of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions, if applicable;
- Opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
- Creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, including oral histories, literature or film, teaching modules, or guidelines on how to use humanities resources in the classroom;
- Development of curriculum-focused digital humanities projects, including podcasts, mapping tools, or digital resources for distance learning;
- Partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high-school students);
- Collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K12 pathways to higher education; and
- Projects that bring together multiple institutions of higher education or campuses within a district or system for the purpose of curricular development.
- Approximately $3,000,000 is expected to be available to fund approximately 20 recipients across the five Humanities Initiatives programs. You may apply for up to $150,000.
- The period of performance is one to three years, starting as early as February 1, 2022, and no later than September 1, 2022.
- The Humanities Initiatives programs are for the U.S. accredited public or 501(c)(3) private institutions of higher education.
- Institutions may apply to more than one Humanities Initiatives program, but cannot submit essentially the same proposal to more than one of the five Humanities Initiatives programs. Applicant institutions that are eligible to submit a proposal to Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities, or Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges are encouraged to do so.
- Individuals, foreign, and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331373