The D.C. Community Humanities Council yesterday announced awards of eight grants totaling $45,910. Unlike the D,C, Commission on the Arts, the year-old council is a private organization funded entirely by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which awards grants on a quarterly basis.

The grantees are:

Beacon College -- $6,770 for "Celebracion de la Mujer Latina" ("A Celebration of the Latin American Woman"), a slide show and series of discussions based on oral histories of Hispanic women in the District.

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington -- $7,800 for an "Oral History Project" on the local Jewish community.

Columbia Historical Society -- $1,798 for a photographic exhibition about three 19the-century Washington suburbs: Uniontown, LeDroit Park and cleveland Park.

Black Women's Organizing Collective, the D.C. Area Feminist Alliance and the Feminist Law Collective -- $5,630 for discussions and workshops on the historical development of black women in the United States and their relation to the feminist movement.

Washington Hospital Center -- $6,762 for a year-long series of public lectures exploring the history of attitudes toward health, life and death, and the role of cultural differences in those attitudes.

Georgetown University -- $5,000 for the District of Columbia Schools Articulation Program, in which Georgetown humanities scholars and District schoolteachers will prepare new methods of teaching literacy skills.

Indochinese History and Culture Project -- $5,050 for a two-day series of panel discussions, exhibits and a celebration of Washington's Indochinese community.

Museum of the City of Washington -- $7,100 for "A Survey of Neighborhood History in Washington, " a series of community meetings and workshops on neighborhood history in the District.