Humanities Opportunities


As you navigate and consider the following Humanities federal grant opportunities you are encouraged to develop and share a synopsis of 1-2 pages of your intended project with the agency contact for the program of interest. This is a key step to introduce yourself and determine if your proposed project is aligned with the agency mission and program funding priorities. You should also reach out to Grants and Sponsored Projects (GSP) to discuss your submission plans and to be added to a proposal submission pipeline queue.

National Endowment for the Arts (Homepage)

The National Endowment for the Arts Grants provide funding opportunities for organizations and individuals through a roster of unique programs.  Organization grants include art projects; extending the reach of the arts to underserved populations; integrating the arts, culture, and design activities toward strengthening communities; two research projects that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, and the NEA Research Labs; and more. Individual Grants include literature fellowships and projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English.

At the above site, you are encouraged to View Recent Grants and Stay Connected to the NEA.

National Endowment for the Humanities (Homepage)

At The National Endowment for the Humanities Grants. If you believe your humanities project merits consideration, please contact and talk to a NEH program officer, as listed for each program in the application guidelines. They can tell you whether your project fits an existing grant program and give you advice on how to approach the application process. NEH staff will also review draft applications in many of its programs. There are NEH Divisions and Offices that administer to the grants programs and work with prospective applicants. Search NEH Funding Opportunities here and below:

Challenge Programs

Challenge programs transform and strengthen humanities institutions and organizations to support construction and improvements to facilities and equipment. Under this program recipients must raise cash contributions from nonfederal third parties.

Digital Humanities

The Office of Digital Humanities supports development of and training in digital tools, methods, and best practices for the humanities.


The Division of Education Program funds projects that strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities through professional development and innovative curricular programs.

Federal/State Partnership

Federal/State Partnership is the liaison between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the nonprofit network of state and jurisdictional humanities councils.

Preservation & Access

Preservation and Access funds projects that preserve and create intellectual access to collections and cultural heritage resources of importance for research, education, and public programming in the humanities.

Public Programs

The Division of Public Programs supports a wide range of public humanities projects that reaches large and diverse public audiences and make use of a variety of formats including exhibits, public programs, film, radio, and digital media.


The Division of Research supports scholars—individuals and collaborative teams—working on research projects that advance knowledge and understanding of the humanities.

  • Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions was announced by the Division of Research Programs to strengthen the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions by encouraging and expanding humanities research. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences. The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full time, part time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The program awards up to $5,000 per month for full-time faculty and prorated as further described in the solicitation. Proposals are due by April 13, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

The Notice of Funding Opportunity was recently distributed to all humanities faculty. While the Grants office is the Central portal through which all grants are submitted, in this instance, proposals and awards are made directly to the individual applicant.