NEH Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities, in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones.
NEH Humanities Initiatives may
- create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
- 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;
- support humanities contributions to professional training (in such fields as business, law, economics, technology, and nursing and medicine);
- develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students;
- help institutions take advantage of humanities resources, especially in the digital 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.
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.
In the last five competitions the Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities program received an average of thirty applications per year. The program made an average of three awards per year, for a funding ratio of 10 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 email@example.com.
Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8471 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1‑866‑372‑2930.