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Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

National Endowment for the Humanities

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #145573

Grant Description

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Grants are available to USA community colleges, government agencies, and non-profits for humanities projects that explore the ways other cultures have impacted American society. Drafts submitted at least five weeks before the deadline will be reviewed by program staff. Funds can be used to enhance existing humanities programs, develop new ones, or prepare the foundation for future projects.

Programs must be conducted in coordination with another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association.

NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants:
* Create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities;
* Enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and
* Give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.

Projects must focus on the theme of Bridging Cultures. This agency-wide initiative encourages exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide.

Projects must draw on sound humanities scholarship related to the theme of Bridging Cultures, engage participating faculty in shared readings of important humanities texts, involve humanities scholars with appropriate expertise, improve the quality of humanities course offerings at a community college or community college system, and widely disseminate their results.

NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants may not be used for:
* Projects that seek to promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
* Projects that advocate a particular program of social action;
* Creative or performing arts;
* Empirical social scientific research;
* Specific policy studies;
* Educational or technical impact assessments;
* Work undertaken in the pursuit of an academic degree;
* The preparation or publication of textbooks; or
* Projects that focus on pedagogical theory, research on educational methods, tests, or measurements.

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  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.

NEH generally does not make awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using award funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Pre-Application Information:

NEH strongly suggests that you submit your application no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Doing so will leave you time to contact the help desk for support, should you encounter a technical problem of some kind. The actual deadline is 11:59 PM ET.

Applicants should contact a program officer who can offer advice about preparing the proposal and review proposal drafts. Draft proposals are optional; if you choose to submit a draft, send it as an attachment to at least five weeks before the deadline. Responses to late-arriving drafts cannot be guaranteed.

In responding to drafts, NEH staff may explain how the application review criteria apply to a proposal, make suggestions for strengthening the draft, and anticipate the questions that panelists are likely to raise during the review process. These staff comments are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but previous applicants have found them helpful in strengthening their applications.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $120,000

Term of Contract:

The award period may run between eighteen and thirty-six months. Projects must begin no later than September 1, 2015.

Contact Information:

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