Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Division of Education Programs
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Humanities Initiatives strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new or enhancing existing programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses that explore, interpret, and preserve the diversity of human cultures, ideas, and practices, past and present.
Projects must address a core topic or set of themes drawn from humanities areas such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, or humanities-informed 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.
Note: Narrative attachments may not exceed 8 single-spaced pages.
There will be a live Q&A on March 8, 2023, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Optional draft review: Submit a partial or full draft of your narrative as an attachment to @email by March 21, 2023 to receive feedback from program officers before the final deadline.
Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and are prepared to write the most effective application.
Humanities Initiatives Notice of Funding Opportunity 2023 (PDF)
Humanities Initiatives Grants.gov application package
Humanities Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions, 2023 (PDF)
Recent Humanities Initiative at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awards
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
Hampton University, Black History Matters: Documenting the Legacy of Charles H. Williams on the Campus of Hampton University
Sample Budget Form and Justification
When you are ready to apply, register for an account with SAM.gov and Grants.gov; both are required. If you already have completed the registrations, make sure they are current.
Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Grants.gov.
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