Humanities Initiatives


The purpose of Humanities Initiatives programs is to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in higher education by developing new or enhanced humanities programs, resources or courses.

There are five Humanities Initiatives programs:

  • Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities
  • Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Humanities Initiatives projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from the humanities areas of study such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.


501(c)(3) nonprofits, state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education

Role In Creative Placemaking

Projects using these funds could further relationship building between communities and anchor institutions such as museums, universities and libraries, either around a study of shared local heritage and culture or around interactions of specific groups, such local college/community learning partnerships.



Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.