National Endowment for the Humanities announces Creating Humanities Communities





*This is a special announcement from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Creating Humanities Communities grant is not a program of the Alabama Humanities Foundation.*

The NEH recently announced Creating Humanities Communities, a new grant that supports grassroots humanities programs by encouraging partnerships and collaborations between multiple institutions or organizations in a town, county, region, or area. NEH hopes that the relationships built and strengthened through Creating Humanities Communities will lead to increases and improvements in humanities infrastructure for years to come, even beyond the initial activities funded by these grants.

“All Americans, no matter where they live, should be able to benefit from the power of the humanities,” said NEH Chairman Adams. “Through this new grant program, the National Endowment for the Humanities will stimulate the humanities in communities that have received less support in the past. The Endowment is particularly reaching out to Native American groups and tribal governments with this new grant.”

Institutions and organizations from may apply for matching grants of $30,000, $60,000, $90,000 or $150,000 over three years. Each $1 of NEH grant support awarded must be matched by $1 in nonfederal third-party funds. More information on Creating Humanities Communities budgets and how matching grants work can be found here.“This grant is a great opportunity for small organizations to join forces and create new projects that will benefit communities in a significant way. NEH staff is eager to talk to prospective applicants at every stage in the process. Call us, write to us, we’re here to help you,” urged Katja Zelljadt, Director of the Office of Challenge Grants.

Application guidelines for Creating Humanities Communities are available here. The Office of Challenge Grants program staff can be reached at 202-606-8309 and The application deadline for the inaugural round of grants is February 15, 2017. Office hours to discuss applications are from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. EST on January 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, and February 7, 8, and 9, 2017, and applicants who would like staff to review their applications in advance must submit drafts by January 16, 2017.



Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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