American Council for Learned Societies: Sustaining Public Engagement (Humanities)

The Sustaining Public Engagement Grant is designed to repair the damage done to publicly engaged humanities projects and programs by the social and economic disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. ACLS seeks proposals for grants that will support established publicly engaged humanities projects, initiatives, or programs in accredited US colleges and universities. Funded projects 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.

The strongest proposals will demonstrate that their projects have:

  • An established track record of successful public engagement on issues related to this program’s core thematic areas;
  • Sustained involvement by members of the campus community;
  • The capacity to use grant funds to sustain staffing and programming that have been reduced due to the pandemic;
  • Prioritized programmatic work with extra-mural communities. While program capacity building (curricular development, salary support for students, staff, and faculty) can be key components of proposals, projects that do not support direct community engagement would be considered less relevant.
  • A demonstrated commitment to fairly and equitably supporting project participants facing special precarity due to the pandemic, including adjunct and other non-tenure track faculty, students and faculty from historically underrepresented backgrounds in higher education, and community partners (for example, through fair compensation, equitable participation, and recognition of participant involvement, among other means).

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.