Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$35,000

Open to

Organizations

Expected output

Curriculum;
Community Partnerships;
Faculty Development;
Teaching Resources

Period of performance

The grant period is twelve months and must start no later than September 2020.

Application due

Project start date

ALERT: CAGE is currently experiencing a high volume of registrations, and is processing them in the order in which they are received. NEH encourages applicants registering with SAM.gov to allow additional time for processing.

The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

  1. substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  2. collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions
  3. experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan
  4. long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s)

Humanities Connections grants are funded at two levels: Planning and Implementation. Planning Grants support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the goal of designing a new, coherent curricular program or initiative. The award gives the institution(s) the opportunity to create a firm foundation for implementing the program. Planning goals will include identifying the members of a planning committee and organizing the planning process; defining the rationale, design, and structure that would undergird a comprehensive and institutionally sustainable effort; and establishing potential scenarios for curriculum development. Institutions may draw on current short-term initiatives or curricular programs run by individual departments in this effort. The outcome of a successful planning phase should be a project in, or ready for, the implementation stage.

Learn more about Humanities Connections Implementation Grants.

Review your application package

To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with Grants.gov. If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or Grants.gov, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity below to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.

Download Application Materials

Humanities Connections Planning Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)

Grants.gov Application Package

Budget Resources

Budget Form (XLS)

Humanities Connections Planning Sample Budget (PDF)

Program Resources

Humanities Connections Frequently Asked Questions, 2019 (PDF)

List of Humanities Connections funded projects

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

Doane University: Emphasis in Integrated Humanities Program

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Digital Community Engagement Pathway

University of Dayton, The Life, Works, and Legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development

Ursinus College, Humans, Nature, and Landscapes in 21st-Century Suburbia

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    Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions. 

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    Program Statistics

    This grant has been awarded for
    2
    years
    NEH received
    121
    applications
    NEH made
    17
    Awards
    This grant has an
    14%
    funding ratio

    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program