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Grants to USA IHEs to Enhance the Undergraduate Humanities Curriculum

Humanities Connections


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Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Division of Education Programs
CFDA Number: 45.162
Funding or PIN Number: 20230907-AKA-AKB
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Important Dates
Deadline: 09/07/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA colleges and universities to enhance undergraduate humanities programs through creative curricular development and implementation. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions.

    The Humanities Connections program includes two categories: Planning and Implementation.


    Planning awards support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities). The award provides institutions the opportunity to create a firm foundation for an interdisciplinary undergraduate curricular program or initiative. Projects may build on existing programs or initiatives, including those currently managed by a single department, or may develop entirely new ones.

    Planning Grants may be used to:

    • Establish and convene a team to develop overall project goals and outcomes
    • Consult outside experts on curriculum design or interdisciplinary learning opportunities (such as individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects, or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning)
    • Organize seminars for faculty and administrators on substantive issues related to the success of the project
    • Coordinate focus or discussion groups around issues central to project rationale
    • Design potential new courses, instructional models, and pedagogies for development
    • Work with institutional leadership to outline long-range planning and sustainability


    Implementation awards support the introduction or revision of sustainable and interdisciplinary undergraduate curricula or initiatives at two- and four-year colleges and universities. Projects must involve faculty from two or more departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities) and integrate the approaches and learning activities of the disciplines involved. 

    Implementation awards may be used to:

    • Convene a core faculty team and develop working groups on issues central to project rationale
    • Engage outside experts on issues pertinent to project content, design, and sustainability
    • Develop, implement, assess, and refine curriculum (such as new courses, modules, and pathways) and instructional models for effective pedagogy
    • Create and implement outreach strategies to attract students to new educational opportunities
    • Conduct mid- and long-range feasibility studies
    • Complete other tasks that align with the project’s goals

    For additional details about the two funding categories, see:


    • Private institutions of higher education
    • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

    Additional Eligibility Criteria
    Eligible applicants include U.S. two- or four-year public or private 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, including community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, research universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions.

    Collaboration with other postsecondary institutions is welcome, but a single institution must serve as the applicant of record, and will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award. In addition, the project director must be employed by or affiliated with the applicant institution.

    Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

    Awards made under this notice may not be used for the following purposes:
    - The isolated addition or revision of a single course offering
    - The simple pairing of complementary courses, whether in the same or in different departments or schools
    - Faculty or student travel abroad
    - The development of courses for a graduate degree or non-degree program
    - The cost of replacement teachers or compensation for faculty members/institutional personnel performing their regular duties
    - Commercial, for-profit, or proprietary textbook research or revision
    - The rental of recreational facilities and costs related to social events such as banquets, receptions, and entertainment
    - Tuition for participants
    - Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
    - Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action
    - Support of specific public policies or legislation
    - Lobbying
    - Projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies)

    Pre-Proposal Conference
    Pre-Application Webinar

    Pre-recorded webinars will be posted to the program resource page by June 7, 2023.

    Live Q&A Session: Click here to participate in a live Q&A session at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 29, 2023:

    Or call in (audio only): +1 202-600-8430,
    Meeting code 982 023 751#

    Pre-Application Information
    - Application available May 22, 2023
    - Optional draft due July 21, 2023 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
    - Deadline September 7, 2023 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
    - Expected notification date April 30, 2024
    - Project start date June 1, 2024 - September 1, 2024

    Before submitting its application, your organization must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and

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    Additional Funding Information

    Estimated Total Program Funding:


    Number of Grants
    Approximately 14 Planning and 7 Implementation grants

    Estimated Size of Grant
    Maximum award amount up to $50,000 for Planning; up to $150,000 for Implementation

    Term of Contract
    Planning: up to 12 months
    Implementation: 18 to 36 months
    All projects must start between June 1, 2024, and September 1, 2024.

    Contact Information
    If you have questions about the program, contact:

    Division of Education Programs
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    400 Seventh Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20506

    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

    Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay at 800-877-8399.

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