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 2019.

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

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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.

Competitive applications will demonstrate

  • that the proposed curricular projects address significant and compelling topics or issues in undergraduate education at the applicant institution(s);

  • that these projects develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind cultivated by the humanities; and

  • that faculty and students will benefit from meaningful collaborations in teaching and learning across disciplines as a result of the project.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

  1. 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; and
  4. long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s).

Humanities Connections grants are funded at two levels: Planning and Implementation.

Planning Grants (up to twelve months) 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.

You can find information about the Humanities Connections Implementation Grants program here.

Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a SAM number/DUNS number, and for a grants.gov account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.

Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all 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 Guidelines (PDF)

Humanities Connections Planning Grants Guidelines (DOC)

Humanities Connections Grants.gov Application Packages

Budget Resources

Budget Form, September 2018 (MS Excel)

Humanities Connections Planning Grants Sample Budget, 2018 (PDF)

Program Resources

Humanities Connections Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (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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    Program Statistics

    This grant has been awarded for
    1
    year
    NEH received
    103
    applications
    NEH made
    15
    Awards
    This grant has an
    15%
    funding ratio

    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program