Challenge Grants

Quick Facts

Due DateMay 1, 2014 (Thursday)
Award Amount$ 1 - $ 500,000
Category of Funding ActivityHumanities
Eligible Applicants
  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education

Program Description

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term 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.

General Information

Funding Opportunity Number20140501-CH
Funding Opportunity TitleChallenge Grants
Opportunity CategoryHumanities
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of AwardsNot Available
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementYes
Posted DateFebruary 20, 2014 (Thursday)
Application Due DateMay 1, 2014 (Thursday)
Application Archive DateDecember 31, 1969 (Wednesday)
Total Program Funding$ 0
Award Amount$ 1 - $ 500,000
CFDA Number
  • 45.130 - Promotion of the Humanities_Challenge Grants

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education

Contact Information

Agency NameNational Endowment for the Humanities
Program Information Websitehttp://www.neh.gov/grants/challenge/challenge-grants
ContactOffice of Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8309
challenge@neh.gov


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