Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CYCLE HAS PASSED.
Updated guidelines will be posted in advance of the next deadline. In the meantime, please use these guidelines to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.
Maximum award amount
Period of performance
Expected notification date
Project start date
The Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Program has been discontinued. The application deadline of May 17, 2023, was the final competition offered for this program.
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.
What’s new in 2023
- Three levels of awards with different match ratios: For requests up to $150,000 the match ratio is 1:1. From $150,001 to $500,000 it is 3:1. For Chair’s Special Awards of $500,001-$1,000,000, it is 4:1.
- The Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge program no longer supports Digital Infrastructure projects.
- Only one annual deadline offered.
- Check the NOFO for adjustments to recommended and required page limits and formatting instructions.
- In compliance with the recently passed Build America, Buy America Act (Pub. L. 117-58 § 70901, et seq.), beginning May 14, 2022, all iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in projects involving construction, renovation, or facility infrastructure must have been produced in the United States.
Disclaimer: This is not a complete list of all changes to the Notice of Funding Opportunity
Watch the 2023 Infrastructure and Capacity Building webinar
- 40-minute presentation
- Closed captions available
Join us for our next Open House event on Thursday, March 30, 2023 2:00 pm EDT with Pellissippi State Community College. Register here.
Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and that you are prepared to write the most effective application.
Resources for Historic Preservation and Environmental Review
Sample Application Narratives
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