Bridging cultures grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites proposals for projects that advance the role of the humanities at a community college through curriculum and faculty development on the theme of Bridging Cultures.

NEH expects to award seven to nine grants of up to $120,000 each.

NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges projects create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other educational or cultural institutions.

Funded projects will:
*draw on sound humanities scholarship related to the theme of Bridging Cultures,
*engage participating faculty in shared readings of important humanities texts,
*involve humanities scholars with appropriate expertise,
*result in improvements in the quality of humanities instruction at a community college or community college system, and
*disseminate widely the results of their work.

Projects must involve a partnership in the planning and implementation of the project between a community college or system and another educational or cultural institution, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association.

Bridging Cultures is an agency-wide initiative that encourages exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applications might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. In connection with a focus on civic discourse, projects might explore the role of women in America’s civic life as well as the civic role of women in other cultures and regions of the world.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to contact us at (202) 606-8380 or bccc AT to consult with a program officer about their proposals.

Guidelines will be available at in early May. The application deadline is August 27, 2013.

For information about previously funded proposals in this program, please visit


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