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Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)


    The purpose of the Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. The program funds two distinct types of projects, each with its own notice of funding opportunity:

    • Capital Projects supports the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities. This includes the purchase and installation of related moveable and permanently affixed equipment for exhibiting, maintaining, monitoring, and protecting collections (whether on exhibit or in storage), and for critical building systems, such as electrical, heating ventilation and air conditioning, security, life safety, lighting, utilities, telecommunications, and energy management. 
    • Digital Infrastructure supports the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms.

    NEH Areas of Interest NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following area:

    NEH Areas of Interest NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas: A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Exploring America's Story and Commemorating its 250th Anniversary The task of building a more perfect Union rooted in the ideal of human equality falls to every generation of Americans, ours no less than our predecessors. The basic goals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness endure over time, even as the challenges change: from founding a nation out of colonies; to dismantling the institution of slavery; to prevailing through times of economic depression and war; to advancing civil rights for all; to strengthening our democratic institutions; to building a more inclusive and sustainable society.

    NEH welcomes initiatives that explore, reflect on, and tell the stories of our quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society throughout our history. NEH especially welcomes projects that bring the perspective of the humanities to questions of racial justice, gender equality, the evolution of the American landscape, as well as America's place in the world. Projects that strengthen Americans' knowledge of our principles of constitutional governance and democracy are strongly encouraged, as are projects that address the experiences of Native Americans and other under-represented communities. In addition, NEH welcomes projects that develop innovative approaches to sustaining the nation's humanities infrastructure and preserving its historical record. of diverse topics in American history, from Native American culture to rural life to the rise of the industrial city, from the Civil War to the Cold War to the Civil Rights movement, etc. We also seek projects that examine foundational documents in U.S. history, as well as projects that examine historical objects, places, traditions, events, and individuals who collectively shaped our states and nation. Applications about the contributions of under-represented communities are highly encouraged.


    History of Funding

    Previous sample applications can be seen at https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/infrastructure-and-capacity-building-challenge-grants.

    Additional Information

    Federal matching funds and required third-party non-federal gifts under this notice may not be used for:

    • indirect costs
    • routine operating costs
    • fundraising costs in excess of 10 percent of total project costs
    • interpretive activities related to museum and gallery renovation, temporary exhibitions, or installation projects
    • construction projects for spaces whose primary use is for the creation or performance of art
    • fellowships, scholarships, or stipends
    • obtaining sources of project financing other than fundraising, such as loans, tax credits, etc.
    • repayment of debt such as mortgages, liens, or loans
    • abandoned plans (i.e., costs associated with a design that will not be used to construct the building)
    • architectural and engineering fees for work that is not within the scope of the approved project
    • cost plus a percentage of cost and percentage of construction cost methods of contracting
    • purchase or lease of vehicles
    • promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
    • advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
    • support of specific public policies or legislation
    • lobbying
    • projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies)

    Fundraising is a critical part of NEH Challenge grant awards: up to 10 percent of total funds (Challenge matching funds plus certified gifts) may be used for fundraising costs during the period of performance. 


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    National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Challenge Grants

    National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Challenge Grants
    400 7th St. SW
    Washington, DC 20506
    (800) 634-1121

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments. Applicants must work wholly or in part in the humanities: they must support research, education, preservation, or public programming in the humanities.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are due on May 17, 2022 and September 27, 2022. A similar timeline is expected annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $6,500,000 is expected to be available to fund up to 15 recipients (Capital Projects and Digital Infrastructure combined) per deadline. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $1,000,000. Applicants may request a period of performance of up to five years. All projects submitted on or before the May deadline have a period of the performance start date of March 1, 2023. All projects submitted on or before the September deadline have a period of the performance start date of July 1, 2023. .

    Eligible applicants must meet the following matching ratios:

    • Level 1 requests up to $150,000 must match $1 in non-federal gifts for every $1 in federal funds (1:1)
    • Level 2 requests between $150,001 to $500,000 must be matched at $3 in non-federal gifts for every $1 in federal funds (3:1).
    • Level 3 requests between $500,001 to $1,000,000 must be matched at $4 in non-federal gifts for every $1 in federal funds (4:1). 
    • Federally recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible for a 1:1 match ratio at all request levels.

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