Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


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 Colleges and Universities strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education 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.

Step 1 Review your application package

Begin by reading the notice of funding opportunity 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 program and are prepared to write the most effective application.

Download Application Materials

Humanities Initiatives Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF) Application Package

    Program Resources

    Humanities Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions, 2020 (PDF)

      Sample Application Narratives

      Claflin University, Classical and Contemporary Literature from South Asia

      Whatcom Community College, Situating Ourselves in the Salish Sea: Using Experiential Learning and Storytelling to Inspire Critical Thinking about Place

      California State University San Marcos, Building a Twenty-First Century American Indian Studies Program

          Step 2 Register for a SAM number and an account with

          As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a D-U-N-S number and for an account with and, as this is required for the application process. If you already have already completed the required registrations, make sure they are up-to-date.

          Step 3 Complete your application package

          Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and instructions. 

          Step 4 Submit your application package on

          You will receive a confirmation from when you've successfully submitted your application. 

          Step 5 Verify you have received email messages from

          After you submit your application, will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.