Promotion of the Humanities Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities are designed to strengthen humanities teaching and learning at these institutions.

Enduring Question Course Grants support the development of new humanities courses at the undergraduate
level that examine fundamental questions of the humanities.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Gallaudet University $ 146,547   2022-09-012025-08-31
Northeastern University $ 149,673   2022-09-012025-08-31
Bucknell University $ 149,994   2022-09-012025-08-31
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 149,999   2022-08-012025-07-31
Teagle Foundation Inc, (the) $ 3,000,000   2020-08-012025-07-31
Corporation Of Saint Marys College Notre Dame $ 149,001   2022-07-012025-06-30
University Of Southern California $ 149,968   2022-07-012025-06-30
University Of Iowa, The $ 149,999   2022-07-012025-06-30
University Of North Carolina At Asheville, The $ 149,637   2022-06-012025-05-31
Morningside University $ 142,797   2022-06-012025-05-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Awarded 136 grants exceeding $15.3M in humanities grants support. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities 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 awards are restricted to Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities (as designated by appropriate government agencies) 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.

Enduring Questions Course Grants encourage faculty and students at the undergraduate level to grapple with the most fundamental concerns of the humanities, and to join together in deep, sustained programs of study in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day; these questions include What is friendship? What is dignity? What is good government? What are the limits of scientific understanding? What are the origins of the modern world?.

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 OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications to NEH must be submitted via Guidelines are available online ( upon request to the headquarters office.

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.


Jun 26, 2018: Humanities Initiatives. Humanities Initiatives: June 26, 2018, for projects beginning after January 1, 2019.Humanities Connections: October 17, 2017, for projects beginning after May 1, 2018.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days. 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. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula. Source: Program Guidelines. Contact: See Headquarters Office below. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds must be expended during the grant period. Funds are released as required. For Humanities Initiatives, grants are available for projects for a maximum of 3 years. For Enduring Questions, grants are available for eighteen to thirty-six months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Interim progress reports are required with due dates listed on the last page of the grant award.

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

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

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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



(Project Grants) FY 16 $15,339,908; FY 17 est $14,438,500; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Awaiting final FY18 Appropriatio) - FY 17 obligations include additional funding provided by NEH Treasury matching grants and by the Common Good. See 45.168 PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES-Common Good.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities do not exceed $100,000.

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


Headquarters Office

National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs 400 Seventh Street, SW District of Columbia 20505 Email:, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: Phone: (202) 606-8463.

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 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal 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. For Enduring Questions, projects will be selected for funding based on their intellectual content, feasibility and impact on the intended academic audience.

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