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New Humanities Grant Program for Two-Year Institutions

The new Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges grant program is designed to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature within two-year institutions.

The grant program offers up to $100,000 to community colleges and post-secondary two-year institutions for projects focused around a core topic or set of themes in the humanities. Eligible projects include the creation of new humanities minors and capstone courses, the development of humanities-based bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students, or initiatives to incorporate humanities education within professional training programs.

Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute fresh insights to the project.

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges is the latest NEH effort to expand the humanities resources and educational opportunities available to historically underserved student populations. In the past 10 years, NEH has awarded more than $17.8 million in grants to support humanities programs at community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges.

This new grant program is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

Click these hyperlinks to view the grant application guidelines and a list of FAQs. The application deadline is August 24.

Through NEH’s Standing Together initiative, which emphasizes the innovative ways in which the humanities can foster engagement with military veterans and their communities, the Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges grant program encourages projects related to war and military service.  

NEH program staff from the Division of Education will conduct a webinar for interested applicants on Thursday, June 18 at 2 p.m. (EST). The webinar will last an hour long, and to register please click here.

Click here for a video of senior program officer Julia Nguyen explaining the new Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges grant program.