Promotion of the Humanities_Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development


Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities are designed to strengthen humanities teaching and learning at these institutions. Enduring Question Course Grants support the development of new humanities courses at the undergraduate level that examine fundamental questions of the humanities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 262 applications were received and 31 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq. , Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C 951.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Humanities Initiatives at Presidentially Designated Colleges and Universities offer Historically Black, High Hispanic Enrollment, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, as designated by the White House offices charged with the implementation of Executive Orders 12876, 12900, 13021.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments; sponsored organizations; public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; other public institutions/organizations; Federally recognized Indian tribal governments; Native American organizations; U.S. Territories; non-government-general; minority organizations; other specialized groups; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions will benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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 Guidelines are available online ( upon request to the headquarters office.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by panels of scholars, teachers, and educational administrators at all academic levels and by other appropriate individuals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after advice of the National Council on the Humanities.
Jun 26, 2014: Humanities Initiatives. Humanities Initiatives: June 25, 2015, for projects beginning after January 1, 2016. Enduring Questions: September 11, 2014, for projects beginning after May 1, 2015, September 10, 2015 for projects beginning after May 1, 2016.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. Approximately 4-6 months.
None, but applicant may reapply with a revised proposal.
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 Initiatives 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. For Enduring Questions, projects will be selected for funding based on their intellectual content, feasibility and impact on the intended academic audience.
How may assistance be used?
Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, 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. Humanities Initiatives awards are restricted to Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities (as designated by appropriate government agencies) and to faculty members at these institutions. Projects that deal solely with pedagogical theory or that are intended to improve writing, speaking, or thinking skills apart from a focus on specific humanities content are not normally supported.
Enduring Questions Course Grants encourage faculty and students at the undergraduate level to grapple with the most fundamental concerns of the humanities, and to join together in deep, sustained programs of study in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day; these questions include What is friendship? What is dignity? What is good government? What are the limits of scientific understanding? What are the origins of the modern world?.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Interim progress reports are required with due dates listed on the last page of the grant award. Final progress are due within 90 days after completion or termination of project support by NEH. Final expenditure reports are due within 90 days after completion or termination of project support by NEH. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by NEH and other Federal officials.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula. Source: Program Guidelines. Contact: See Headquarters Office below.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds must be expended during the grant period. Funds are released as required. For Humanities Initiatives, grants are available for projects for a maximum of 3 years. For Enduring Questions, grants are available for eighteen to thirty-six months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs 400 Seventh Street, SW
District of Columbia 20505
Email:, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: Phone: (202) 606-8463.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $1,433,000; FY 15 Estimate Not Available; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - FY 11 obligations include additional funding provided by NEH Treasury matching grants and by We the People. See 45.168 PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES-WE THE PEOPLE.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities do not exceed $100,000. Enduring Questions Course Grants do not exceed $38,000.
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 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available