Nice Grant if You Can Get It

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Julie Denesha for The chronicle

Students from Donnelly College, which won a $485,000 grant from the NEH, visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

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Julie Denesha for The chronicle

Students from Donnelly College, which won a $485,000 grant from the NEH, visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants worth up to $1-million to colleges looking to expand their humanities programs. But at a time when many two-year institutions, including Highline Community College, in Des Moines, Wash., are furiously pursuing grants to retrain laid-off workers, the endowment's challenge-grants competition often is not on their radar screens.

"I'm not aware of it," says Jeff Wagnitz, the college's vice president for academic affairs. "I'm not