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Humanities Connections

Grants to USA IHEs to Enhance the
Undergraduate Humanities Curriculum

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

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09/14/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA colleges and universities to enhance undergraduate humanities programs through creative curricular development and implementation. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions.

    The Humanities Connections program includes two categories: Planning and Implementation.

    Planning Grants may be used to:

    • Establish and convene a team to develop overall project goals and outcomes
    • Consult outside experts on curriculum design or experiential learning opportunities (such as individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects, or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning)
    • Organize seminars for faculty and administrators on substantive issues related to the success of the project
    • Coordinate focus or discussion groups around issues central to project rationale
    • Design potential new courses, instructional models, and pedagogies for development
    • Work with institutional leadership to outline long-range planning and sustainability

    Implementation awards may be used to:

    • Convene a core faculty team and develop working groups on issues central to project rationale
    • Engage outside experts on issues pertinent to project content, design, and sustainability
    • Develop, implement, assess, and refine curriculum (such as new courses, modules, and pathways) and instructional models for effective pedagogy
    • Develop and implement pilot projects and activities for student experiential learning (such as individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects, or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning)
    • Establish pilot projects and activities for experiential learning (such as individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects, or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning)
    • Create and implement outreach strategies to attract students to new educational opportunities
    • Conduct mid- and long-range feasibility studies

    For more information about program categories, see

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 173969

    Estimated Total Program Funding:


    Number of Grants:

    Approximately 14 Planning and 7 Implementation grants

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    - Planning: up to $35,000
    - Implementation: up to $150,000

    Term of Contract:

    Planning: up to 12 months
    Implementation: 18 to 36 months
    All projects must start no earlier than June 1, 2022 and no later than September 1, 2022.


    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    Eligible applicants include U.S. two- or four-year public or private 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, including community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, research universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions.

    Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

    Collaboration with other postsecondary institutions is welcome, but a single institution must serve as the applicant of record, and will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award. In addition, the project director must be employed by or affiliated with the applicant institution.

    Awards made under this notice may not be used for the following purposes:
    - The isolated addition or revision of a single course offering
    - The simple pairing of complementary courses, whether in the same or in different departments or schools
    - Faculty or student travel abroad
    - The development of courses for a graduate degree or non-degree program
    - The cost of replacement teachers or compensation for faculty members/institutional personnel performing their regular duties
    - Commercial, for-profit, or proprietary textbook research or revision
    - The rental of recreational facilities and costs related to social events such as banquets, receptions, and entertainment
    - Tuition for participants
    - Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
    - Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action
    - Support of specific public policies or legislation
    - Lobbying
    - Projects that fall outside of the humanities: the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically-based social science research or policy studies

    The prohibitions above also apply to the student experiential learning activities developed in collaboration with external contributors (such as community partners).

    Pre-Application Information:

    - Application available: June 23, 2021
    - Optional Draft due: August 3, 2021
    - Application due: September 14, 2021
    - Expected notification date: April 1, 2022
    - Project start date: June 1, 2022 - September 1, 2022

    Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications will receive award documents from the NEH Office of Grant Management via eGMS Reach in May 2022.

    Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number, System for Award Management (SAM) registration, and registration.

    You should allow several weeks for the registration process. If you fail to allow sufficient time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online submission requirement.

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    Contact Information:

    Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

    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
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    400 Seventh Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20506

    Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay at 800-877-8399.

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