Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Open to


Expected output

Community Partnerships;
Faculty Development;
Teaching Resources

Period of performance

twelve and thirty-six months

Application available

Optional Draft due

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

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The humanities can play a vital role at community colleges by expanding students’ intellectual horizons and by increasing their ability to read, write, and think analytically. The humanities can develop these capacities and thereby help prepare students for careers and for lives as engaged citizens.

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges support community colleges’ commitment to educating students on a variety of educational and career paths. The program funds curricular and faculty development projects that help strengthen humanities programs and/or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities.

Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes, drawn from humanities areas of studies such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at a community college.

NEH Humanities Initiatives may

  • develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students;
  • integrate substantial humanities content or texts in required or developmental courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, and/or practical composition courses designed to help students write better;
  • support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to honors programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses) and enhance existing ones;
  • infuse humanistic learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, technology, hospitality, and nursing and medicine);
  • create or improve humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions;
  • create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the 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.

Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.

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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 Initiatives at Community Colleges Program Guidelines (PDF)

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges Program Guidelines (DOC)

    Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges Application Package

    Budget Resources

    Humanities Initiatives Budget Form (MS Excel)

    Humanities Initiatives Sample Budget, 2018 (PDF)

    Program Resources

    Humanities Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

    List of recent grants in this program

    DUNS Number Requirement

      Sample Application Narratives

      East Los Angeles College, Connecting Student Veterans with Humanities Scholars in the Study of War

      Harford Community College, Active Learning and Student Engagement in the Humanities: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement in Harford County, Maryland

      Reading Area Community College, Linking Berks County Latino Communities to a Larger World

      Sitting Bull College, Lakota/Dakota Language Revitalization

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