Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Up to $150,000

Open to


Expected output

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 strengthens the teaching and study of the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.

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

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

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Download Application Materials

Humanities Initiatives Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF) Application Package

Program Resources

Humanities Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions, 2020 (PDF)

List of recently funded grants in this program

Sample Application Narratives

Grambling State University, Creating an Interdisciplinary Minor in Digital Humanities

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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