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USA: Alabama;  Arkansas;  Delaware;  Florida;  Georgia;  Kentucky;  Louisiana;  Maryland;  Mississippi;  Missouri;  North Carolina;  Ohio;  Oklahoma;  Pennsylvania;  South Carolina;  Tennessee;  Texas;  Virginia;  Washington, DC;  West Virginia USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA)

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Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Education Programs

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #144095

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Grants to USA and Virgin Islands nonprofit historically Black colleges and universities to enhance the humanities curriculum. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs in a range of humanities-related fields. Eligible institutions are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, and the US Virgin Islands. Projects must address a core topic or set of themes drawn from humanities areas such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, or composition and writing skills.

The purpose of this program 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. 
The Humanities Initiatives programs support activities such as:

  • Curriculum development
    • Developing a course or set of courses (including, for example, general education courses, honors courses or programs, capstone courses, etc.)
    • Creating teaching materials (course modules, readers, primary document collections, digital collections, etc.)
    • Planning and piloting a major, minor, or certificate program
  • Student enrichment
    • Developing internship programs
    • Developing opportunities for hands-on, place-based, or experiential learning
  • Faculty development
    • Developing pedagogy or curriculum through shared reading programs
    • Producing a series of guest speakers for faculty and community audiences
  • Partnerships
    • Creating bridge programs or dual enrollment programs between high school and college, or between community college and university
    • Collaborating with museums or libraries to create teaching materials

NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas:

  • “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary
  • Standing Together
  • Protecting our Cultural Heritage

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. accredited public or 501(c)(3) private Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as defined by Executive Order 13532, are eligible to apply. Eligible institutions are those included in the Department of Education’s list of HBCUs.

Collaboration with other organizations is welcome, but the project director must be currently employed by the applicant institution. Project directors may not simultaneously hold a full-time NEH individual award.

Eligible applicants acting as fiscal agents or fiscal sponsors may not apply on behalf of ineligible applicants. Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

Institutions may apply to more than one Humanities Initiatives program, but may not submit multiple applications for essentially the same project.

Other Eligibility Information:

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Pre-proposal Conference:

A live Q&A session will be held at 1 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

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Or call in (audio only): +1 202-600-8430, Meeting code 302-656-57#

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available: February 1, 2022
- Optional Draft due: March 28, 2022
- Application due: May 9, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: December 2022

Program officers will review drafts submitted by March 28, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Drafts submitted after this date will not be reviewed.

Applicants must have a DUNS number to apply. Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

Department of Education's list of HBCUs:

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is one to three years. Projects must start between February 1, 2023, and September 1, 2023.

Contact Information:

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing (TTY users) can contact NEH via Federal Relay at 800-877-8399. Help Desk:

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