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

Expected notification date

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.

The recorded webinar below provides examples and explanation in support of the Notice of Funding Opportunity guidelines for the 2021 funding cycle.

Optional Draft Review: Submit a draft of your narrative to @email by April 8, 2021 to receive feedback from program officers before the final deadline.

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.

Application Materials

Humanities Initiatives Notice of Funding Opportunity 2021 (PDF)

    Humanities Initiative application package

    Program Resources

    Humanities Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions, 2021 (PDF)

      Sample Application Narratives

      Northeastern State University, Mapping Tahlequah History

      Princeton University, Creating a Committee for Manuscript, Rare Book, and Archive Studies

      St. John Fisher College, Embedding Place-Based Humanities in the Curriculum

          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.

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