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Bridging Cultures: An NEH grant opportunity

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently launched a new grant initiative called Bridging Cultures.  The initiative encourages projects that explore 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 projects that expand both scholarly and public discussion of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide.

As part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, NEH welcomes proposals to plan and implement a program consisting of a forum and a workshop on one of two humanities themes: “Civility and Democracy” or “The Muslim World and the Humanities.”

Proposals are due June 1, 2010, and projects begin in August 2010. Each successful applicant for a Bridging Cultures Forum and Workshop program will be awarded a grant ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 in outright or matching funds, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of NEH funds. The grant period may last as long as eighteen months.

Following completion of the forums and workshops, NEH plans to offer implementation grants, through a subsequent competition, to produce regional or nationwide public programs on Bridging Cultures themes.  NEH anticipates funding one or more of these implementation grants for sums commensurate with the needs of a regional or national project.  Awardees in the current competition, as well as other 501(c)(3) organizations or state and local governmental agencies will be eligible to enter the subsequent competition for implementation support.

More details can be found at www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/BridgingCultures.html.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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