National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants – applications due May 1, 2013

Posted Date: Feb 19, 2013
Closing Date for Applications: May 1, 2013
Award Amount: Varies

National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.

Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit humanities entities.

Details are available at

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One Response to National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants – applications due May 1, 2013

  1. marcy andersen says:

    I was recently hired as director of our county library, which I am so looking forward to. The problem is that our library is in desperate need of remodeling. We need to replace the furnace, new heat & air, new doors/windows, the ceiling is falling in, and many other projects. Which doing part of the county we are very limited on funds. One thing we have found that when applying for grants there is quite a waiting period before you can start, and in our case it is imperative that we start ASAP! We would you have any suggestions for us. Our library is very important to everyone in our community. Please contact me with more information. Thank you.
    Marcy Andersen

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