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Humanities Initiatives

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)


    The NEH supports five programs under the Humanities Initiatives Umbrella:

    1. Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities
    2. Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    3. Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
    4. Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities
    5. Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

    All five of the programs aim to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new or enhancing existing 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. Projects must be 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.

    NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.

    All five of the Humanities Initiatives programs support activities such as:

    • Curriculum development

    • developing a course or set of courses (including, for example general education courses, honors courses or programs, capstone courses, etc.)
    • creating teaching materials (course modules, readers, primary document collections, digital collections, etc.)
    • planning and piloting a major, minor, or certificate program

    • Student Enrichment

    • developing 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 college and university
    • collaborating with museums or libraries to create teaching materials
    • producing humanities programming for students and community members

    The term ‘humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.


    History of Funding

    Past awards can be found here: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx

    Additional Information

    All Humanities Initiatives programs do not support:

    • 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)


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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligibility varies by program:

    1. Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities- Eligible applicants include public or 501(c)(3) private HBCUs.
    2. Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions- Eligible applicants include public or 501(c)(3) private HSIs. Please consult the Eligibility Matrix provided by the US Department of Education.
    3. Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities- Eligible applicants include U.S.-accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, as defined by Executive Order 13592, that are tribally controlled or nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  Eligible institutions are those recognized by the Department of Education and listed on the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's website http://www.aihec.org/who-we-serve/TCUmap.cfm
    4. Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges- Eligible applicants include public or 501(c)(3) private community colleges and post-secondary two-year institutions.
    5. Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities- Eligible applicants include all other public or 501(c)(3) private institutions of higher education.

    Deadline Details

    An optional draft for all programs will be due March 21, 2023. Applications for all programs are to be submitted by May 9, 2023. A similar annual timeframe is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $3,000,000 is expected to be available to fund 20 recipients across all five Humanities Initiatives. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $150,000. The actual amount available will not be determined until the enactment of the final FY 2024 federal budget.

    The period of performance is one to three years, with a start date as early as February 1, 2024.

    Cost-sharing is not required in this program. Cost-sharing will not be considered in the evaluation of applications.

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