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NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants


The purpose of the program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards of federal matching funds aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. 

  • Capital Projects support the purchase, design, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities. This includes costs related to planning as well as 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. 

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

Collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations will not be accepted in response to this solicitation. They will be returned without review.

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount $1,000,000

Period of performance Up to five years

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Limit on Proposals

An eligible entity can submit a maximum of one proposal as a lead organization per solicitation. 

Internal Applications.  One page summarizing your application.  

Deadlines. Internal proposals are to be submitted through by April 7th, 2023 at 5pm. Those selected will be notified shortly thereafter and full proposals will be due May 17th, 2023.