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NEH Awards 39 Grants Totaling Nearly $1 Million to Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving and Tribal Higher Education Institutions

Federal humanities agency launches Extending the Reach Institutional Grant Program

WASHINGTON, November 29, 2000-- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today unveiled its Extending the Reach Institutional Grants program by announcing grants totaling $977,000 to 39 historically black, Hispanic-serving and tribal colleges or universities. Of the grants, 16 went to historically black colleges or universities, 17 to Hispanic-serving institutions and six to tribal colleges or universities.

A full listing of the grants awarded by state is available as an Adobe Acrobat file in the box to the right.

The institutions that received the NEH grants are located in 20 states, the District of Columbia and the territory of Puerto Rico. Projects include helping faculty members learn new subjects that will enrich the undergraduate curriculum, developing new degree programs, enhancing library collections and applying new technology to humanities programs.

"Through our Extending the Reach program, we are ensuring that the benefits of NEH funding reach Americans in all communities and walks of life," said NEH Chairman William R. Ferris. "Historically black, Hispanic-serving and tribal colleges and universities have rich traditions that need to be nurtured, developed and adapted to the needs of contemporary students. We at NEH are committed to supporting those efforts at these nationally significant institutions of higher education."

The Extending the Reach Institutional Grants program specifically seeks to increase the quantity and quality of humanities programs at the nation's 106 historically black, 282 Hispanic-serving and 32 tribal colleges and universities. The second deadline for the Extending the Reach Institutional Grants program is June 1, 2001. For information, contact the NEH Office of Challenge Grants at (202) 606-8309 or challenge@neh.gov. Guidelines and application forms are available at http://www.neh.gov.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Media Contacts: Office of Communications at (202) 606-8446 or info@neh.gov