Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Grants to USA Two-Year Postsecondary Schools
to Enhance Humanities Programming

GrantWatch ID#: 174339
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)


01/12/17 Receipt

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Grants to USA two-year colleges to enhance humanities curricula and prepare students for a future as engaged citizens. The preliminary application component is due by November 1. This program supports community colleges throughout the country in faculty and curricular development activities that improve post-secondary humanities programming or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities.

Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes, drawn from subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at a community college.

NEH Humanities Initiatives may:

-Develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students;

-Integrate substantial humanities content or texts in required or developmental courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking;

-Support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses) and enhance existing ones;

-Infuse humanistic learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, technology, hospitality, and nursing and medicine);

-Create or improve curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions;

-Create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities; and

-Support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society.

Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.

Up to $100,000.

The grant period ranges between one and three years. It may begin as early as October 1, 2017, but it must begin by November 1, 2017.

This program accepts applications from community colleges and post-secondary two-year institutions. Any U.S. nonprofit tax-exempt two-year college is eligible to apply.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Collaboration with other organizations is welcome, but the project director must be from an eligible institution.

NEH generally does not award grants 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 grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

The Humanities Initiatives program does not support
-Projects that advocate a particular program of social action;
-Projects that seek to promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
-Projects that center on pedagogical theory or methods; or
-Projects that center on producing works in the creative or performing arts.

Program staff recommends that prospective applicants submit preliminary sketches of their proposals no later than November 1, 2016. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing preliminary sketches submitted after that date. The form to use for the sketch is available attached below.

All applications to this program must be submitted via NEH strongly recommends that you complete or verify your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline, since it takes time to process your registration.

NEH strongly recommends that applicants update (or, if necessary, create) their organization’s System for Award Management (SAM) Entity record at least four weeks before the application deadline.

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Preliminary sketches should be submitted to

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




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