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Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities

Grants to USA Institutions of Higher Education
to Strengthen the Humanities Curriculum

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

05/20/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA institutions of higher education to enhance the humanities curriculum. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support a wide range of activities, such as planning, course revision, and resource development. 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 humanities areas such 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. Projects may, but need not be, related to the cultural identity of the applicant institution. For example, it would be allowable for a Hispanic Serving Institution to submit a proposal on ancient Greek drama.

The Humanities Initiative programs may support activities such as, but not limited to:

  • Curricular planning and/or community and relationship building that support the institutional mission;
  • Creation of bridge programs for first-year, first-generation, at-risk, nontraditional, and/or secondary-school students;
  • Creation or revision of composition and other courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking in order to incorporate humanities methods and resources;
  • New or enhanced humanities programs, including new 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;
  • Partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high-school students);
  • 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 K12 pathways to higher education; and
  • Projects that bring together multiple institutions of higher education or campuses within a district or system for the purpose of curricular development.

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

For further details on these topics, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Initatives%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202021%2020210520-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE.pdf#page=5 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190283

Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 grants (all five Humanities Initiatives programs combined)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: One to three years, starting as early as February 1, 2022 and no later than September 1, 2022.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities U.S. accredited public or 501(c)(3) private institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Institutions may apply to more than one Humanities Initiatives program, but cannot submit essentially the same proposal to more than one of the five Humanities Initiatives programs. Applicant institutions that are eligible to submit a proposal to Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities, or Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges are encouraged to do so. Individuals, foreign, and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Other Eligibility Information: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Initatives%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202021%2020210520-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE.pdf#page=8

Funding Restrictions: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Initatives%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202021%2020210520-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE.pdf#page=25

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this announcement is May 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Timeline:
- Application available February 9, 2021
- Optional Draft due April 8, 2021
- Application due May 20, 2021
- Expected notification date December 17, 2021

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

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing registration in three separate systems:
1. Dun and Bradstreet (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform)
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov/SAM/)
3. Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organizationregistration.html)

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by April 8, 2021. Program officers cannot review drafts submitted after this deadline. Although this optional preliminary review is not part of the formal review process and has no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, previous applicants have found it helpful in strengthening their applications.

Prerecorded technical assistance webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUkq5dCAYYU

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331373

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

Contact Information:

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

If you have questions about the program, contact:

Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-2324
hi@neh.gov

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:

Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
grantmanagement@neh.gov

If you have questions about registering or renewing your registration with login.gov or SAM.gov, contact the Federal Service Desk Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time at:

Federal Service Desk: https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

CFDA Number:

45.162

Funding or Pin Number:

20210520-AA-AB-AC-AD-AE

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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