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Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Grants to USA Historically Black IHEs in Multiple States
to Strengthen Humanities Courses and Programming

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Education Programs

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07/16/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and Virgin Islands nonprofit historically Black colleges and universities in multiple states to enhance the humanities curriculum. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to strengthen the study and teaching of the humanities by developing new humanities resources, courses, and programs, or by enhancing existing ones. Eligible institutions are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia.

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.

The following is a partial list of activities the program may support:

  • Curricular planning and/or community and relationship building that support the institutional mission;
  • Bridge programs for freshmen, first-generation, at-risk, nontraditional, and/or secondary-school students;
  • Creation or revision of courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, including composition courses designed to help students write better;
  • New or enhanced humanities programs, including new humanities majors, minors, certificates, or concentrations, honors programs, first-year seminars, culturally-relevant or place-based curricula, and capstone courses;
  • Creation of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions, if applicable;
  • Opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
  • Creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, including oral histories, literature or film, teaching modules, or guidelines on how to use humanities resources in the classroom;
  • Development of curriculum-focused digital humanities projects, including podcasts, mapping tools, or digital resources for distance learning that can be used on- or off-line;
  • Partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high-school students); and
  • Collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K-12 pathways to higher education.

NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas:

  • “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary
  • Standing Together
  • Protecting our Cultural Heritage

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GrantWatch ID#: 144095

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is one to three years, with a start date as early as February 1, 2021.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. accredited public or 501(c)(3) private Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as defined by Executive Order 13532, are eligible to apply. Eligible institutions are those included in the Department of Education’s list of HBCUs.

Collaboration with other organizations is welcome, but the project director must be currently employed by the applicant institution. Project directors may not simultaneously hold a full-time NEH individual award.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested in applying for an NEH Humanities Initiatives grant? Attend this live webinar to learn more about this grant program and how to apply – NEH staff will be on hand to answer questions! This opportunity is available for colleges, universities, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Day and Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time
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Pre-Application Information:

- Application available: June 1, 2020
- Optional Draft due: June 18, 2020
- Application due: July 16, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Project start date: February 1, 2021

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email in December 2020.

Applicants must have a DUNS number to apply. Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506


Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing (TTY users) can contact NEH via Federal Relay at 800-877-8399. Help Desk:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA)

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