The Arts, Humanities & Culture Cluster


Participating Agencies:

Cluster Mission:

To aid Historically Black Colleges and Universities by:

  • Providing technical assistance to build capacity for competitive applications
  • Increase an awareness to career pathways in the arts, humanities, etc.
  • Exploring new ways of improving the relationship between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Upcoming Activities:

Dream It-Achieve It

Federal Cultural Funding Opportunities Symposium 

featured at the 2019 National HBCU Week Conference!


Have you wondered how to successfully write a grant for federal funding? Or what funding opportunities exist for arts and culture? Get the inside scoop on how to effectively apply for cultural grants to support your programs and your University with a valuable workshop given by four Federal agencies that award funds. Participation includes an exclusive tour of the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The Federal Cultural Funding Opportunities workshop for HBCUs is an outreach & engagement effort hosted by the Arts & Humanities Culture team of the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

The goal of the workshop is to increase successful applications from HBCUs for federal cultural funding opportunities. During the workshop we will: educate HBCUs about funding opportunities available within the cultural sector at the federal/state & local levels; identify & address challenges & needs HBCUs face in obtaining funding in the Arts & Humanities field; develop skills you need to submit successful applications AND talk about creating channels for career opportunities for Arts & Humanities majors at HBCUs through internships/fellowships and jobs.

Join the National Endowment for Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services & the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to foster greater awareness and deeper relationships between the Arts & Humanities and your college/University, and create a clear picture of the financial opportunities available to HBCUs.


*General conference registration is required for participation in this symposium.*

Questions about this symposium and related programs?

Please contact



Click here to view the flyer for the workshop: Dream It-Achieve It Flyer


Click here to register for the 2019 HBCU Week Conference: Conference Registration


Federal Opportunities:

Internship Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Arts offers a volunteer internship for a student interested in seeking valuable work experience in government and federal arts and culture policy and administration.

Click here for more information: Arts and Culture Internship


Grant funding opportunities:
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a wide variety of grant programs to individuals and organizations in the humanities, including two funding opportunities designed specifically for HBCUs and humanities scholars at historically black colleges and universities:

For these and other NEH funding opportunities, please consult our complete list of grant programs:

Internship Opportunities:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers volunteer internships for students interested in gaining work experience in federal grant-making and the humanities. Consult the NEH website for more information on internship opportunities across the agency:


Contact Us:

Click here to visit the webpage: National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has created a new dedicated email address for HBCU related inquiries:

Click here to visit the webpage: National Endowment for the Humanities


Click here to visit the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) website: National Endowment for the Humanities

General inquiries about NEH and its grant programs may be directed to: