Office of Challenge Programs

For more information about the
Office of Challenge Programs:
(202) 606-8309

Challenge Programs grants strengthen the institutional base and organizational capacity of humanities organizations in the long term. Eligible applicants are U.S. nonprofit organizations, accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governments, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments. All applicants must advance the humanities by preserving and providing access to collections, developing educational programs for various audiences, conducting scholarship and research, or providing scholarly digital resources. 

Fundraising is an important aspect of all Challenge Programs grants. Successful applicants receive awards in matching funds intended to stimulate additional private, state, and local support for their project. Recipients must raise cash contributions from nonfederal third parties before NEH releases matching funds.

All potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Challenge Programs office with questions early in their project conceptualization process and submit draft applications by the appropriate deadline.

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Visitors admire the renovated Eiteljorg Native American galleries, including textiles and art displayed in new glass cases.

A New Perspective on Displaying Native American Art: How the Eiteljorg Museum Rethought its Native American Galleries

Since its founding in 1989, the Eiteljorg Museum has garnered recognition as one of the relatively few museums east of the Mississippi dedicated to collecting and interpreting Native American and Western art. As the Eiteljorg’s thirtieth anniversary approached in 2019, staff focus turned to reenvisioning the approach to their core Native American galleries, which had not significantly evolved in those thirty years.