Promotion of the Humanities Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development


Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges and Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities are designed to strengthen humanities teaching and learning at these institutions. Humanities Connections Planning and Implementation Grants seek to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions by supporting innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs, in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Endowment For The Humanities, National Foundation On The Arts and The Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Awarded 136 grants exceeding $15.3M in humanities grants support.
Fiscal Year 2018 Total of 427 grant applications and 93 total awarded.
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. ยง956 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public and nonprofit accredited institutions of higher education, including U.S. Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) as defined by Executive Order 13532, Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education (HSI) recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, tribal colleges or universities as defined by Executive Order 13270, and public and nonprofit 501(c)(3) community colleges.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. public and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (including institutions of higher education), state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, humanities scholars, and the general public.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications to NEH must be submitted via See for application information.
Award Procedure
NEH staff review applications for eligibility and completeness. NEH uses a peer review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. Peer reviewers are experts in the field with relevant knowledge and expertise in the types of project activities identified in the applications. NEH instructs reviewers to evaluate applications according to the review criteria outlined in this Notice of Funding Opportunity. Peer reviewers must comply with Federal ethics and conflicts of interest requirements. NEH staff comments on matters of fact or on significant issues that otherwise would be missing from peer reviews, then makes recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets three times per year to advise the NEH chairman. The chairman considers the advice provided by the review process and, by law, makes all funding decisions.
See for application guidelines and deadline information.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Approximately 4-6 months.
Applicants may request written reasons for rejection and reapply with revised proposal to a subsequent application deadline.
Applications for renewal must compete against new applications. Applications for renewal must demonstrate a record of success and the potential to serve new audiences.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are read and evaluated on whether the intellectual quality of the project is excellent; whether the project is well designed; and whether the project will have significant results. See the program guidelines for detailed criteria. For Humanities Connections Planning and Implementation Grants and for Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges and at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, projects will be selected for funding on the basis of the quality of planned activities and the potential of these activities to strengthen the humanities capacity of the institution; the ability of the institution to carry out the proposed plan; the qualifications of project leaders and consultants; and the cogency of the plan to evaluate the outcomes of the project.
How may assistance be used?
Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges and at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving institutions of higher education, and Tribal Colleges and Universities provide funds for faculty study programs, institutional planning, and the acquisition of library and advanced technology resources that can assist institutions in enhancing humanities opportunities for their students and their communities, typically through strengthening the capacity of faculty to engage student or community beneficiaries in substantive study of the humanities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 36 months. Recipients will be paid on an advance basis, unless otherwise specified in the award, and payment will be made through electronic funds transfer. Advance payments must be limited to the immediate cash requirements of the recipient in carrying out the purpose of the approved program or project.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8500
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$1,479,000.00; FY 19 est $4,225,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$2,772,500.00; FY 16$15,339,908.00; - FY 19 funding reflects 2019 Federal Appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Humanities Connections Planning Grants do not exceed $35,000. Humanities Connections Implementation Grants and Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities do not exceed $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. The publication entitled "National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Programs, 2000-2001" is available upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. It is also available online at Available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 Past recipients of Humanities Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development awards may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at


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