|NEH - Challenge Grants|
|Funding Agency Deadline||05/01/13|
|Funding or Award Criteria||
Program Description: NEH 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.
Challenge grant funds (both federal and nonfederal together) must enhance the humanities in the long term. Challenge grant funds should not merely replace funds already being expended on the humanities, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to strengthen and enrich the institution’s humanities activities and commitment to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the humanities.
Institutions may use challenge grant funds to meet both ongoing and one-time humanities-related costs, provided that the long-term benefit of the expenditure can be demonstrated. Award recipients might use federal challenge grant funds, as well as funds raised for matching, for purposes such as the following:
Through the income from endowments or spend-down funds (which are defined beneath the “Mode of expenditure” heading below), grantees could use challenge grant funds to support:
Through direct expenditure, grantees could use challenge grant funds to support.
Expenditures not eligible for support
Challenge grant funds, federal or nonfederal, may not be used for:
|Number of Nominees Allowed||One (1) application|
|Required Internal Review Documents||
Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013:
Your College may submit one (1) nomination for consideration.
**Note to Potential Applicants**
Internal review documents do not reflect the application requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.
|Nominee(s) Selected to Advance||Dr. Thomas F. Staley, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center|