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

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NEH 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.

NEH Humanities Initiatives may

  • develop or substantially enhance bridge programs for first-year, first-generation, at-risk, and/or nontraditional students;
  • create or revise 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 humanities learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, science, technology, 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;
  • help institutions create or enhance humanities resources for teaching, such as oral histories and historical or literary collections (projects incorporating podcasts, mapping tools, and other digital components are especially encouraged); 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.
Review your application package

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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)

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Guidelines (DOC)

Grants.gov 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 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

Morehouse College, Humanities Teaching and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Collection

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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