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Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Grants to USA IHEs to Enhance the
Undergraduate Humanities Curriculum

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

Deadline Date:

09/19/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants of up to $35,000 to USA colleges and universities to enhance the quality of humanities programming available to undergraduate students. Required pre-application registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for the development of 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.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

  • Substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  • Collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions
  • Experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan
  • Long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s)

If the project addresses core or general education requirements, or requirements for specific pathways or pre-professional programs, it must incorporate a fresh approach in doing so. For example, applicants might consider:

  • Filling a new or unmet curricular gap in which the humanities will play an integral role
  • Opening up a new interdisciplinary minor or certificate
  • Transforming existing curricular pathways
  • Connecting existing fields of study to new or emerging disciplines

Planning Grants may be used to:

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173969

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants for Humanities Connections Planning Grants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $35,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance of one year. The project’s start date must be no later than September 1, 2020.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program accepts applications from any U.S. two- or four-year college or university with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, 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.

Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Collaboration with other postsecondary institutions is welcome, but a single institution must serve as the applicant of record. In addition, the project director must be from the applicant institution.

NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Recipients may not use Humanities Connections funding for:
- 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
- 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: the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies

The prohibitions above also apply to the student experiential learning activities developed in collaboration with external contributors (such as community partners).

Pre-Application Information:

- Until September 19, 2019: Contact Division of Education Programs program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
- August 2, 2019: Applicants that have not registered with, the System for Award Management (SAM) and should begin the process by this date
- August 19, 2019: Submit draft application (optional) by this date
- September 3, 2019: Applicants that have registered in SAM and should verify their registrations by this date
- September 19, 2019: Applications must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on this date
- November-December 2019: Peer review panels take place
- March 2020: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
- April 2020: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- May 2020: Institutional grant administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management
- June 1, 2020: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date
- September 1, 2020: Successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date

To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. The initial SAM registration can take up to six weeks. The initial registration process can take up to two weeks.

Draft proposals (optional): Program staff recommends that draft proposals be submitted by August 19, 2019. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after this date. Staff comments in response to draft proposals are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the final outcome of the proposal, but previous applicants have found them helpful in strengthening their applications.

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

Drafts should be submitted to

If you have questions about the program, contact:

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


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