Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Community Partnerships;
Faculty Development;
Teaching Resources

Period of performance

One to three years

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date

Humanities Initiatives grants can help strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at colleges and universities by supporting the development of new or enhancement of existing programs, educational resources, or courses that explore, interpret, and preserve the diversity of human cultures, ideas, and practices, past and present.

Past recipients have launched a committee on manuscript, rare book, and archive studies; revised their curriculum through a week-long faculty study group examining place; and created an interactive map and database that highlights diverse regional histories and will be used in several courses.

By supporting projects like these, Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities grants can help institutions better serve current students and position themselves to build on success for the future.

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

Recorded Webinar:

Live Q&A: 2:00 pm Eastern on March 12, 2024.

Optional Draft Review: Submit your materials as attachments to @email by 11:59 pm Eastern on March 26, 2024 to receive feedback from NEH staff.   

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Step 3 Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and 

Step 4 Submit your application package on

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Program Statistics

This grant has been awarded for
4 Years
NEH received an average of
82 Applications
per year
This grant has a
20% Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
17 Awards
per year