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National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Deadline: January 12, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges funds curricular and faculty development projects that help strengthen humanities programs and/or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities. Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes, drawn from subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at a community college.
NEH Humanities Initiatives may:

  • Develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students
  • Integrate substantial humanities content or texts in required or developmental courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking
  • Support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses) and enhance existing ones
  • Infuse humanistic learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, technology, hospitality, and nursing and medicine)
  • Create or improve curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions
  • Create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities
  • Support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society

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

Amount: Up to $100,000 for a period of 1-3 years.

Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit tax-exempt two-year college is eligible to apply.

Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-initiatives-community-colleges

Note: Program staff recommends that prospective applicants submit preliminary sketches of their proposals for staff review and feedback no later than November 1, 2016 (optional).

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