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Grants to USA Nonprofit Historically Black IHEs in Multiple States to Strengthen Humanities Courses and Programming

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities


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Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Education Programs
CFDA Number: 45.162
Funding or PIN Number: 20230509-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE
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Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaArkansasDelawareFloridaGeorgiaKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMississippiMissouriNorth CarolinaOhioOklahomaPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWashington, DCWest Virginia
USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/09/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and US 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.
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 that explore, interpret, and preserve the diversity of human cultures, ideas, and practices, past and present. 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 and/or revising a course or set of courses (e.g., general education courses, honors courses or programs, capstone courses)
    • Creating teaching materials (e.g., course modules, readers, primary document collections, digital collections)
    • Planning and piloting a major, minor, or certificate program
  • Student enrichment
    • Developing frameworks for humanities-focused internship programs
    • Developing opportunities for hands-on, place-based, or experiential learning
  • Faculty development
    • Developing pedagogy or curriculum through shared reading programs
    • Organizing 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 colleges and four-year institutions
    • Collaborating with museums or libraries to create teaching materials
    • Producing humanities programming for students and community members


  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

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. See the U.S. Department of Education’s accredited HBCU listing:

Eligible institutions may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this announcement but may not submit multiple applications for essentially the same project.

Other Eligibility Information:

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information
- Application available: January 17, 2023
- Optional draft due: March 21, 2023, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Deadline: May 9, 2023, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: December 31, 2023

Program officers will review drafts submitted by March 21, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Program officers will not review late drafts.

Before submitting its application, your organization must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and NEH encourages organizations with SAM registrations to check the validation of their UEI well in advance of the deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active. You should allow several weeks to register with SAM and

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

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum award amount: $150,000

Term of Contract
The period of performance is one to three years. Projects must start between February 1, 2024, and September 1, 2024.

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

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:

Office of Grant Management
20230509-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE 32
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through, contact: Applicant Support
U.S. calls: 1-800-518-4726
International calls: +1-606-545-5035

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