The Creating Humanities Communities program provides matching grants to help stimulate and proliferate meaningful humanities activities in states and U.S. territories underserved by NEH’s grantmaking divisions and offices. Grantees will use the funds to establish and undertake new humanities programs.
The goal of these grants is to make connections between organizations that will foster community cohesion on a local or regional level. Applicants may define community in a variety of ways (by focusing, for example, on a place such as a village or town, or on a common interest or a common theme), and the programs that the cooperating institutions carry out together must aim to enhance the importance of the humanities in people’s lives.
Projects to create a humanities community might include, for example, collaborations linking
a public library and a nearby community college to research, write, and produce a series of video biographies of the town’s important personalities (to be presented in public programs at the local historical movie palace);
several railroad museums throughout a state that join forces to write a transportation-based curriculum module for use in fourth-grade social studies classes;
three Native American tribes to establish a cultural heritage trail highlighting important sites and collections;
a veterans’ group and a high school in developing intergenerational family programs at local historic sites; and
a public radio station and the philosophy department at a local college to host public programs discussing industry and ethics to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the town’s paper mill.
Applicants to this program must form collaborative partnerships with at least two and at most five institutions (including the applicant organization). These partnerships may involve organizations such as public libraries, cultural centers, museums, historical societies, colleges (including community colleges) and universities, archival repositories, historic houses, school districts, civic centers, or other cultural entities.
Contact the staff of NEH's Office of Challenge Grants at 202-606-8309 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.