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Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #151055

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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes to build organizational capacity to offer humanities programming. Interested 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 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. The program supports two distinct types of projects, each with its own Notice of Funding Opportunity:

  • 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. 
  • Digital Infrastructure supports the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms.

For eligible costs under capital projects, see the following link:

For eligible costs under digital infrastructure, see the following link:

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  • 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.

Applicants must work wholly or in part in the humanities: they must support research, education, preservation, or public programming in the humanities.

An eligible applicant may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. If selected for funding, the applicant will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.

Eligible applicants acting solely as fiscal agents or fiscal sponsors may not apply on behalf of ineligible applicants.

Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Capital Projects Funding Restrictions:

Digital Infrastructure Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available March 14, 2022
- Optional Draft due August 17, 2022
- Application due October 5, 2022
- Expected notification date April 15, 2023
- Project start date July 1, 2023 - October 1, 2023

Before submitting its application, your organization must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and

You should allow several weeks to register with SAM and If you fail to allow sufficient time to register, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online submission requirement.

Your organization must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and maintain active SAM registration with current information at all times during which you have an active federal award or an application under consideration by an agency (unless the applicant is an individual or federal agency that is exempted from those requirements under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)). SAM will assign your organization a Unique Entity Identifier.

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted the optional draft deadline.

Due to Hurricane Fiona, applicants to this program located in Puerto Rico that are unable to submit prior to the deadline may request a waiver under the agency’s late submission policy. NEH must receive such requests within five days of the deadline for consideration.

For information on matching requirements, see the following link:

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 12-15 grants per deadline (Capital Projects and Digital Infrastructure combined)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Range:
- Level 1: Up to $150,000
- Level 2: $150,001 to $500,000
- Level 3: $500,001 to $1,000,000

Contact Information:

Office of Challenge Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
202-606-8494 Applicant Support
International Calls: 606-545-5035

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