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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to invite applications for ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants, a responsive funding program made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative. These grants are designed to repair the damage done to publicly engaged humanities projects and programs by the social and economic disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Publicly engaged humanists today play key roles in co-creating and circulating knowledge for the public good, but these programs face greater risk of closure or reductions in uncertain times. ACLS seeks proposals for grants that will support established publicly engaged humanities projects, initiatives, or programs in accredited US colleges and universities. With $3.5 million provided under the SHARP initiative, ACLS will conduct a rigorous and inclusive peer review process to select up to 40 projects or programs for grants that will redress programming setbacks and/or reductions in internal capacity and staffing support on the part of faculty, staff, students, and community partners due to pandemic conditions.

ACLS strongly encourages applications from across the diverse institutional landscape of US higher education, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), regional public institutions, and community colleges. Applicants will be required to demonstrate how their programs engage with issues of urgent public interest in one or more of the program’s six key areas: racial equity; climate change; US-global relations; public health and pandemic recovery; strengthening democracy, and exploring America’s diverse history.

The grants will range between $50,000 and $225,000 for terms of 12 months. Award terms may commence as early as April 1, 2022, and no later than August 1, 2022. These grants are intended to provide timely support, and therefore applicants should propose an amount that reflects realistic public engagement activities and capacity building over the 12-month period of the award term. Matching funds and cost sharing are not required for the grant term, though additional consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate thoughtful plans for longer-term sustainability.

Application Deadline: All applications must be received by 9pm EST, December 7, 2021.

Announcement: https://www.acls.org/Competitions-and-Deadlines/ACLS-Sustaining-Public-Engagement-Grants