Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Up to $100,000

Open to

Organizations

Expected output

Curriculum;
Community Partnerships;
Faculty Development;
Teaching Resources

Period of performance

One to three years

Application available

Application due

Project start date

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities help strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.

Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from areas of study in the humanities such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.

The following is a partial list of projects the program may support:

  • bridge programs for freshmen, first-generation, at-risk, and/or nontraditional students and/or secondary-school students;
  • creation or revision of courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, and/or composition courses designed to help students write better;
  • new or enhanced humanities programs, including new humanities majors, minors, or concentrations (for instance, Diaspora studies or archaeology), honors programs, first-year seminars, culturally-relevant or place-based curricula, and capstone courses;
  • the infusion of humanities learning into professional training in such fields as business, law, engineering, science, technology, and nursing and medicine;
  • creation or improvement of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions, if applicable;
  • opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
  • creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, such as oral histories, collections of literature or film, teaching modules, or guidelines on how to use humanities resources in the classroom.
  • development of curriculum-focused digital humanities projects, including podcasts, mapping tools, or digital resources for distance learning that can be used on- or off-line;
  • partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high-school students; collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K-12 pathways to higher education).

NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope and duration, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.

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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 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Guidelines (PDF)

Grants.gov Application Package

Budget Resources

Humanities Initiatives Budget Form (XLS)

Humanities Initiatives Sample Budget, 2019 (PDF)

Program Resources

Humanities Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions, 2019 (PDF)

List of recently funded grants in this program

DUNS Number requirement 

Sample Application Narratives

Albany State University, Reading, Discussion and Mentorship Program

Claflin University, Classical and Contemporary Literature from South Asia

Tuskegee University, Literary Legacies of Macon County and Tuskegee Institute: Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph W. Ellison, and Albert Murray

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    Program Statistics

    In the last five competitions this program received an average of
    21
    applications
    per year
    This grant has a
    14%
    funding ratio
    NEH made an average of
    3
    Awards
    per year

    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program