Promotion of the Humanities_Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development

Humanities Initiatives at Presidentially Designated Institutions--Historically Black, High Hispanic Enrollment, and Tribal Colleges and Universities-- strengthen humanities teaching and learning at these institutions.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) An Historically Black University received a month-long summer program of study of Homer, Dante, Marie de France, Christine de Pizan, and Shakespeare for six to eight faculty members from the institution and others nearby; (2) A Tribal College received an award to support a year-long series of workshops for its faculty that would explore seminal works in Native American literature, including Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine, N.

Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn, James Welch's The Indian Lawyer.

(3) A College with a High Hispanic Enrollment received an award to conduct a year-long faculty development seminar series in the field of law and literature, including the study of such works as Sophocles' Antigone, Dickens' Great Expectations, Kafka's The Trial, and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

Agency - National Endowment For The Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

For FY 08, 140 applications were received and 23 grants were made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Humanities Initiatives at Presidentially Designated Institutions 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 for Faculty awards are restricted to 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, 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.

Eligibility Requirements

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 with OMB Circular No. A-87 for entities of State and local government, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal inquiry with the headquarters office, followed by submission of a preliminary draft is encouraged.

Endowment staff should be sent preliminary applications at least six weeks in advance of final application deadline for eligibility review.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Endowment and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications to NEH must be submitted via Guidelines are available online ( upon request to the headquarters office. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

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.


Materials and Curriculum Development Grants: October 1, 2008 for projects beginning after April 1 of the following year. January 16, 2009 for Humanities Initiatives for Faculty, for projects beginning after June 1, 2009.


National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Source: Program Guidelines. Contact: See Headquarters Office below.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds must be expended during the grant period. Funds are released as required. Grants are available for projects for a maximum of 3 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports are required at least annually.

Cash reports on project expenditures are required quarterly.

Final progress and expenditure reports are due within 90 days after completion or termination of project support by NEH.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. For nongovernmental recipients, audits are to be carried out in accordance with the provisions set forth in OMB Circular No. A-110, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations Uniform Administrative Requirements" and with OMB Circular No. A-133. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $2,223,567*; FY 08 est $2,520,000; and FY 09 est $2,520,000. *Includes 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 Presidentially Designated Colleges and Universities do not exceed $75,000.

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).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Humanities Initiatives at Presidentially Designated Colleges and Universities, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 302, Washington, DC 20506. Telephone: (202) 606-8463. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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 Presidentially Designated 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.

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