NEH Grant Opportunity: Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities

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Humanities Initiatives Grant Opportunities

College faculty & staff are encouraged to apply for a Humanities Initiatives grant to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at their institution of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Accepting optional drafts until 3/28/2022, and accepting final application until 11:59 pm Eastern on 5/9/2022.

Projects can last from 1-3 years, and can request up to $150,000. NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects. This program supports a wide range of activities, from curriculum and faculty development, to student enrichment, partnerships, and more. 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. Keep reading for examples of previously-funded projects:

Tribal Colleges and Universities

Past recipients have developed online databases and instructional materials to document and preserve endangered languages like Iñupiaq; created a student podcast series about Red Lake Ojibwe language, culture, and history; and established an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in tribal historic preservation. Learn more about applying.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Past recipients have planned workshops, curricular enhancements, and public events about literary icons like Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Albert Murray; integrated institutional history into humanities courses; and digitized and contextualized the papers of African-American writer Margaret Walker Alexander. Learn more about applying.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Past recipients have developed instructional modules to integrate local history and culture into the humanities curriculum; laid the groundwork for an interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies minor; and explored border culture through curriculum development, writing skills, and a public dialogue program. Learn more about applying.

Community Colleges

Past recipients have brought in experts to help infuse state history into humanities courses; expanded the teaching of Asian American studies through a Faculty Development Institute and monthly Colloquium; and redesigned courses to engage in a veterans-focused partnership with a local museum and libraryLearn more about applying.

Colleges and Universities

Past recipients have launched a committee on manuscript, rare book, and archive studies; incorporated place-based humanities perspectives into the curriculum through three faculty summer symposia; and created an interactive map and database that highlights diverse regional histories and will be used in seven courses. Learn more about applying.