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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to Strengthen Humanities Programming

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants: Capital Projects


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
CFDA Number: 45.130
Funding or PIN Number: 20230517-CHA
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/17/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories 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. Funding is intended for capital projects.

The program strengthens the institutional base of the humanities by helping organizations secure and sustain their core buildings, sites, collections, and/or humanities activities for the long term. The program supports capital projects through a combination of federal matching funds and related fundraising from nonfederal third parties. Proposed projects must enhance the institution’s long-term impact on the humanities and build on careful strategic planning.

Awards support the purchase of real property or equipment and the design, construction, restoration, or renovation of buildings or sites of historical, architectural, or cultural significance and other facilities that house humanities collections or are used for humanities activities.

Activities may include:

  • Hiring consultants who specialize in fundraising, historic preservation, and project planning
  • Planning and conceptual design
  • Developing schematics and construction drawings
  • Construction
  • Purchasing and installing related permanently affixed or moveable equipment for monitoring and protecting collections (whether on exhibit or in storage)
  • Purchasing and installing critical building systems, such as electrical, climate control, security, life safety, lighting, utilities, telecommunications, and energy management
  • Developing historic preservation plans
  • Site and infrastructure assessments

Deliverables may include:

  • Documents determining the feasibility of the planned capital project
  • Completed design and construction drawings
  • Completed construction
  • Completed installation of critical building systems


  • 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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply, your organization must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following organization types:
- A nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
- An accredited institution of higher education (public or 501(c)(3))
- A unit of state or local government
- A federally recognized Native American Tribal government

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

If your organization is eligible, you may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. If NEH selects your proposal for funding, you will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.

To be eligible, you must not function solely as a fiscal agent for another entity and must make substantive contributions to the success of the project.

For other eligibility information, see

Individuals and other organizations, including federal, foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information
- Optional draft Deadline: April 5, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Application Due Date: May 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: December 15, 2023

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by April 5, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Program officers will not review late drafts. This optional review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. However, previous applicants have found it helpful in strengthening their applications.

You must apply using Workspace or a system-to-system solution. Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. It may take up to one month to register with and NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

All projects have a match requirement. For further information, see

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 15-20 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding Range:
- Level 1: Up to $150,000
- Level 2: $150,001 to $500,000
- Chair’s Special Awards: $500,001 to $1,000,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance:
- Level 1: Up to two years
- Level 2: Two to five years
- Chair’s Special Awards: Two to five years

The period of performance must begin between March 1, 2024, and June 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Submit (optional) draft proposals to

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Office of Challenge Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about NEPA and NHPA, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 Applicant Support:
U.S. calls: 1-800-518-4726
International calls: +1-606-545-5035

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