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Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Division of Education Programs

Receipt Deadline June 25, 2015 for Projects Beginning January 2016

Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline listed above.

In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline, to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Brief Summary

NEH Humanities Initiatives are intended to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. These grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes.

What's New for 2015

Prospective applicants are now encouraged to submit to program staff an optional preliminary sketch of their proposals (deadline, April 12, 2015). You can find the form for the preliminary sketch (in MS Word) under Program Resources in the sidebar at the right. NEH staff will also continue to provide feedback on partial or full application drafts (deadline, May 14, 2015). Both opportunities for receiving feedback are optional.

Revised application guidelines will be posted by late March.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Humanities Initiatives at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment program (which is now the Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions program) received an average of 32 applications per year. The program made an average of six awards per year, for a funding ratio of 19 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from


Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8471 and Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1‑866‑372‑2930.