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Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

Division of Education Programs

Receipt Deadline August 21, 2014 for Projects Beginning September 2015

The deadline for this program has passed.

Updated guidelines will be posted in advance of the next deadline. In the meantime, please use these guidelines to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Brief Summary

NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants are intended to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges or community college systems. Grants are used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.
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. Applications might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. In connection with a focus on civic discourse, projects might explore the role of women in America’s civic life as well as the civic role of women in other cultures and regions of the world.

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 create opportunities to disseminate their results.

Program Statistics

In its initial competition as the program is now conceived, the Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program received 34 applications and made three awards, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

Questions?

Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8380 or bccc@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.