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Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes,
and IHEs to Build Organizational Capacity

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access

Deadline Date:

05/15/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to build organizational capacity to offer humanities programming. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. Grant funds may be used for capital projects or to strengthen and expand digital infrastructure.

The purpose of the 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.

For both Capital Projects and Digital Infrastructure, expenditures must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151055

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$12,500,000

Number of Grants:

30

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award amount $750,000

Term of Contract:

Period of performance Five or six years, depending on institution type:
- Up to 6 years for eligible Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions of higher education, and two-year community colleges.
- Up to 5 years for all other eligible applicants.
- The period of performance begins as early as May 1, 2021 and no later than September 1, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Capital Projects Funding Restrictions: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Infrastructure%20and%20Capacity%20Building%20Challenge%20Grants%20Capital%20Projects%202020.pdf#page=23

Digital Infrastructure Funding Restrictions: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Infrastructure%20and%20Capacity%20Building%20Challenge%20Grants%20Digital%20Infrastructure%20NOFO%202020.pdf#page=30.

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this announcement is May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

- Application available: March 10, 2020
- Optional Draft due: April 3, 2020
- Application due: May 15, 2020
- Expected notification date: December 31, 2020
- Project start date: May 1, 2021

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
1. Dun and Bradstreet (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform)
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov/SAM/)
3. Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organizationregistration.html)

Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

For matching requirements, see page 7 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

A pre-recorded technical assistance webinar will be available on the program resource page on March 20, 2020.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325278
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Office of Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8309
challenge@neh.gov

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399

CFDA Number:

45.130

Funding or Pin Number:

20200515-CHA

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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