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Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Grants to USA Community Colleges
to Enhance Humanities Programming

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

05/20/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA community colleges and two-year IHEs to enhance existing and develop new humanities programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that are organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.

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.

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

For additional information on these areas, see the following link: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Initatives%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202021%2020210520-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE%20%281%29.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174339

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is one to three years, starting as early as February 1, 2022 and no later than September 1, 2022.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. accredited public or 501(c)(3) private community colleges and post-secondary two-year
institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

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

Funds under this notice may not be used for the following purposes:
- Projects that center on pedagogical theory and strategies, or on research on educational methods, tests, or measurements
- Teaching of basic foreign language skills
- The cost of replacement teachers or compensation for faculty members performing their regular duties
- The rental of recreational facilities and costs related to social events such as banquets, receptions, and entertainment
- Tuition fees for participants (tuition remission)
- Individual research
- Work undertaken in pursuit of an academic degree
- The cost of travel associated with scholarly research unrelated to the project
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Lobbying
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies)

Other Eligibility Information: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Initatives%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202021%2020210520-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE%20%281%29.pdf#page=8

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this announcement is May 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Timeline:
- Application available: February 9, 2021
- Optional Draft due: April 8, 2021
- Application due: May 20, 2021
- Expected notification date: December 17, 2021
- Project start date: February 1, 2022 - September 1, 2022

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email in December 2021. For successful applicants, this notification is not an authorization to begin performance or incur related costs. Applicants may request evaluations of their applications by emailing the email address listed below.

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

A prerecorded technical assistance webinar will be available on the program resource pages on February 19, 2021.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331373

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

Contact Information:

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

Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

202-606-2324
hi@neh.gov

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

Grants.gov Help Desk: support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

45.162

Funding or Pin Number:

20210520-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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