Call for Concepts – Mellon Foundation – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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In the interest of maintaining a grantmaking portfolio that supports inquiry into issues of vital social, cultural, and historical import, the Higher Learning program at the Mellon Foundation invites ideas for research and/or curricular projects focused on any of the three areas outlined below:

  • Civic Engagement and Voting Rights
  • Race and Racialization in the United States
  • Social Justice and the Literary Imagination

About the 2022 Call for Concepts

The 2022 Call for Concepts is now open. This call is open to all accredited, non-profit, four-year degree-granting institutions in the US that offer liberal arts education. (Full eligibility criteria can be found in the Call for Concepts guidelines.) As always, Mellon seeks to support institutions with a demonstrated record of excellence in the humanities, and we particularly welcome concepts from institutions that are minority-serving (MSIs) and/or have not received Mellon funding in the last five years. 

Institutions may submit up to three concepts total, with each submission consisting of an online application form and a project description of approximately 1,000 words. Envisioned projects should be achievable with contributions from Mellon of $250,000–$500,000, with durations of up to three years. We anticipate allocating up to $10 million for this call for concepts; the final number of proposals selected will depend on the number and substance of the submissions.

The deadline for potential applicants to register is April 20, 2022,

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